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Heteronyms and avatars: a self-reflective system for artistic activity
Author(s): Elif Ayiter
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Paper Abstract

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.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 February 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8289, The Engineering Reality of Virtual Reality 2012, 82890C (8 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.911928
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Elif Ayiter, Sabanci Univ. (Turkey)

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

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