Building a (virtual) aleph: the visual transformation of a tiny cosmogony
Ayiter, Elif (2017) Building a (virtual) aleph: the visual transformation of a tiny cosmogony. Technoetic Arts, 15 (1). pp. 3-13. ISSN 1477-965X (Print) 1758-9533 (Online)
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/tear.15.1.3_1
This article discusses the transformation of a tiny three-dimensional artwork created in the metaverse that takes its inspiration from Jorge Luis Borges's story of 'the Aleph' - a tale that revolves around a minute artefact that is 'one of the points in space that contains all other points'. The visualization of a concept as complex as 'the Aleph' led the author of the project through a process that started from Cartesian precepts, from where it transformed itself into an investigation of 'code' as a basal, life-giving presence that is abstract, enigmatic and hermetic in its essence. This correlation between 'code' and the magical nature of 'the Aleph' has led to further considerations regarding the significance of such a marvellous object within virtual worlds. Accordingly, this text will conclude with the description of an intriguing, novel usage for 'the Aleph' that materializes as a time machine for virtual-world avatars.
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