Victoria Lynn, Director of Creative Development at ACMI and exhibition curator, chairs a half-day forum exploring the notions of sensation and immersion.
This forum focuses on exploring the challenges to our understanding and experiences of space produced by new immersive technologies. Come on a journey from the realms of entertainment and spectacle to the new immaterial borderlands of the urban environment.
New Entertainment Technologies and the Aesthetics of Wonder
Angela Ndalianis: Senior Lecturer Cinema and New Media Studies, University of Melbourne
This paper will explore the wonder-evoking aspects of new imaging technologies that are integral to contemporary entertainment experiences. Confronted with films like Spiderman, The Two Towers, and theme park rides like The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman, the viewer is drawn into a problem-solving experience that can lead to a wonder-inducing journey that travels between sensation and thought, and between aesthetics and science.
Space is a Gut Feeling
Pia Ednie Brown: Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture & Design, RMIT
This paper will challenges the rhetoric of cyberspace's loss of the body to confront our physical selves as a tingling present of heightened perception - jolted into awareness and riding the inflections of affect. Acknowledging also that manipulating affect is no longer the privilege of artists but the modus operandi of much cultural activity including advertising and an ever nervous stock market.
After the Event, Beyond the Horizon
Sean Cubitt: Professor of Screen and Media Studies at the University of Waikato
If everything is getting faster and faster - in fact, to the point of vanishing - is this spawning the death of distance and the end of history? Do we get to a point where the laws of physics break down: a place where the centre implodes and only the margins have some sort of dimension? Is immersion something to do with this? Cubitt is currently working on a book for MIT Press entitled FX: Time and the Cinema of Special Effects.
Fugitive Spaces: The Architecture of Light
Scott McQuire: Senior Lecturer, Media and Communications, The University of Melbourne
Film images made from projected light have often been hailed for creating a new mode of spatial experience. A parallel threshold can be found in the real world illumination of the cityscape. Electric lighting introduced an important new dimension into urban design, one which belongs to neither architecture nor sculpture as traditionally understood. This paper traces links between the dynamics of screen space, the urban environment and immersive art works to explore the emergence of a hybrid environment increasingly characterised by the overlap of material and immaterial spatial regimes.