Heteronyms and avatars: a self-reflective system for artistic activity
Ayiter, Elif (2012) Heteronyms and avatars: a self-reflective system for artistic activity. In: Conference on Engineering Reality of Virtual Reality, Burlingame, CA
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.911928
This text will examine how avatars and the socially interactive, online virtual worlds in which they become embodied may lead to an understanding of identity and of self-perception, how such shifts in awareness may relate to the notion of the undividedly holistic 'self' and whether such perceptual shifts may be instrumental in bringing forth virtual states of experiential creative activity which may also have their precursors in the literary pseudonym, particularly as evidenced in Fernando Pessoa's conception of 'heteronyms.' The output of my study is a self-observational social system of my own creation, of which the agents are a coterie of avatars of both sexes, endowed with distinct physical attributes, both human and non-human; with uniquely emergent personalities which have progressed towards further idiosyncrasy over a period of three years. I, their creator am also the observer of their undertakings, their interactions, and their creative output, all of which manifest as disparate facets of my own persona and my artistic activity.
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