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Underwater communities, aesthetics of a “storm” and its practice in virtual worlds


Longtime friend of RMB City Zhang Anding (SL: Zafka Zimminy, formerly Zafka Ziemia) recently mentioned the upcoming “NO LAB in RMB City” project in his “Parallel Worlds” column for Urban China magazine. In his article, he discusses the issues of disaster and collective memory in virtual worlds, and also analyzes an underwater community in HiPiHi. Excerpt in Chinese and English below:

“The ability of 3D virtual world to manipulate time and space as a whole, far exceeding the 2D world. It provide a new meaning for the projection of human being’s collective memory  and the  collective cognitive.

Cao Fei’s Virtual New Orleans, mixed the logic of natural disaster and the logic of political and economic

together. Using such a way of public assembly, to re-awareness and reflect on the relatinonship between the environment and human behavior.” (Read the whole essay in the new issue of Urban China)

 

 

水下社区,风暴美学与虚拟世界再实践—-文  / 张安定(Zafka)

“越来越多人开始通过虚拟世界的实践,对人类身边包括环境在内的各种社会和政治问题进行模拟,试图形成公众的集体认知,寻找超越之道。”

“3D虚拟世界对时空的整体操控能力,远超过2D网络。这使得人类的集体记忆投射和集体认知想象,寻找到了一种新的手段。对于记忆来说,这是一种不可以经历的重新经历。曾经发生的现场可以变成人人参与的剧场。对于想象来说,这是未曾经历的正在经历。理性与狂欢并存。就环境问题而言,曹斐的虚拟新奥尔良把灾难的自然逻辑和政治与经济逻辑,抽象而富有美感的混合在一起。用这样的形式,集合公众,来重新认知和反思环境和人类行为之间的关系,不是电影或者其它视觉艺术能做到的。”

Blog — Ume Freiman, October 22, 2008 @ 11:42 pm

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