Transforming reality: an artistic exploration of interactive virtual environments

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Nikolova, Anna Petkova
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Fine Arts
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of New Media
My study combines emergent digital art theory and practice with established interaction design theory, converging in virtual environment creation. The artistic exploration aims to investigate interactive environments as an evolving form of narrative to tell a story primarily through the use of visual interactive media. Through free navigation and interactable objects I offer the viewers to follow from a first-person perspective the transformation of the virtual reconstruction of my student dormitory room into a science fiction lab in a parallel world. This venture is further informed by observing and examining the concept of isolation and the near future sub-genre of science fiction as inspiration for world building while considering our relationship with technology and the virtual space, and seeking reconnection with nature. The development of the project aims to address these old concerns in a new interactive manner which puts introspections as an experience that can be accessed by others.
virtual environments , visual storytelling , digital narrative , Computer art , Virtual reality--Exhibitions , Interactive art--Exhibitions , Social isolation in art--Exhibitions , Science fiction in art--Exhibitions , New media art--21st century--Exhibitions , Human-computer interaction , Digital storytelling , Art and technology--21st century--Exhibitions , Art, Modern--21st century , Isolation (Philosophy) , Introspection , Dissertations, Academic