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Embodied in a metaverse: Anatomia and body parts

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In this article, the artist/author wishes to examine corporeality in the virtual realm, through the usage of the (non)-physical body of the avatar. Two sister art installations created in the virtual world of Second Life, both of which are meant to be accessed with site-specific avatars, will provide the creative platform whereby this investigation is undertaken. While the installation Anatomia aims to propel the visitor towards reflections of an introverted nature, involving the fragility of the physical self, body parts seeks to challenge the residents of virtual environments to connect with the virtual manifestations, i.e., avatars, of others in an emotionally expressive/intimate manner.
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Keywords: art; avatar; corporeal; embodiment; experiential; hybrid actors; installation; metaverse; physical; presence; virtual

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Sabanci University.

Publication date: 01 November 2010

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