Synthetic worlds, synthetic strategies: attaining creativity in the metaverse
Ayiter, Elif (2009) Synthetic worlds, synthetic strategies: attaining creativity in the metaverse. In: Mura, Gianluca, (ed.) Metaplasticity in Virtual Worlds: Aesthetics and Semantics Concepts. IGI-Global Publishing, Hershey, PA, USA, pp. 188-204. ISBN 978-1-60960-077-8 (Accepted/In Press)
This text will attempt to delineate the underlying theoretical premises and the definition of the output of an immersive learning approach pertaining to the visual arts to be implemented in online, three dimensional synthetic worlds. Deviating from the prevalent practice of the replication of physical art studio teaching strategies within a virtual environment, the author proposes instead to apply the fundamental tenets of Roy Ascott’s “Groundcourse”, in combination with recent educational approaches such as “Transformative Learning” and “Constructionism”. In an amalgamation of these educational approaches with findings drawn from the fields of Metanomics, Ludology, Cyberpsychology and Presence Studies, as well as an examination of creative practices manifest in the metaverse today, the formulation of a learning strategy for creative enablement unique to online, three dimensional synthetic worlds; one which will focus upon “Play” as well as Role Play, virtual Assemblage and the visual identity of the avatar within the pursuits, is being proposed in this chapter.
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