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Female artists and the VR crucible: expanding the aesthetic vocabulary
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Paper Abstract

Virtual Reality was a technological wonder in its early days, and it was widely held to be a domain where men were the main practitioners. However, a survey done in 2007 of VR Artworks (Immersive Virtual Environments or VEs) showed that women have actually created the majority of artistic immersive works. This argues against the popular idea that the field has been totally dominated by men. While men have made great contributions in advancing the field, especially technologically, it appears most artistic works emerge from a decidedly feminine approach. Such an approach seems well suited to immersive environments as it incorporates aspects of inclusion, wholeness, and a blending of the body and the spirit. Female attention to holistic concerns fits the gestalt approach needed to create in a fully functional yet open-ended virtual world, which focuses not so much on producing a finished object (like a text or a sculpture) but rather on creating a possibility for becoming, like bringing a child into the world. Immersive VEs are not objective works of art to be hung on a wall and critiqued. They are vehicles for experience, vessels to live within for a piece of time.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 February 2012
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8289, The Engineering Reality of Virtual Reality 2012, 828908 (8 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.910974
Show Author Affiliations
Jacquelyn Ford Morie, The Univ. of Southern California (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8289:
The Engineering Reality of Virtual Reality 2012
Ian E. McDowall; Margaret Dolinsky, Editor(s)

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