Char Davies' Immersive Virtual Art and the Essence of Spatiality

Char Davies' Immersive Virtual Art and the Essence of Spatiality

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Univ of Toronto Pr

In this first book-length study of the internationally renowned Canadian artist Char Davies, Laurie McRobert examines the digital installationsOsmose and Ephémère in the context of Davies' artistic and conceptual inspirations. Davies, originally a painter, turned to technology in an effort to create the effect of osmosis between self and world. By donning a head-mounted display unit and a body vest to monitor breathing and balance, participants are immersed in 3D-virtual space where they interact with abstract images of nature while manoeuvring in an artificial spatial environment.

Char Davies' Immersive Virtual Art and the Essence of Spatiality explores spatiality through a broad scope of disciplines, including philosophy, mythology, biology, and visual studies, in order to familiarize the reader with virtual reality art - how it differs from traditional artistic media and why immersive virtual art promises to expand our imaginative horizons. This original study provides us with an important exposition of two of Char Davies' acclaimed projects and an exploration of the future impact of digital virtual art on our worldviews.


In this first book-length study of the internationally renowned Canadian artist Char Davies, Laurie McRobert examines the digital installationsOsmose and Ephémère in the context of Davies? artistic and conceptual inspirations. Davies, originally a painter, turned to technology in an effort to create the effect of osmosis between self and world. By donning a head-mounted display unit and a body vest to monitor breathing and balance, participants are immersed in 3D-virtual space where they interact with abstract images of nature while manoeuvring in an artificial spatial environment.

Char Davies? Immersive Virtual Art and the Essence of Spatiality explores spatiality through a broad scope of disciplines, including philosophy, mythology, biology, and visual studies, in order to familiarize the reader with virtual reality art ? how it differs from traditional artistic media and why immersive virtual art promises to expand our imaginative horizons. This original study provides us with an important exposition of two of Char Davies? acclaimed projects and an exploration of the future impact of digital virtual art on our worldviews.


This original study provides us with an important exposition of two of Char Davies? acclaimed projects and an exploration of the future impact of digital virtual art on our worldviews.



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Philosopher at large McRobert explores the impact of Canadian artist Davies' immersive virtual art and the dynamics encountered by people when they experience it. She concentrates on the aesthetics of the digital art, but also examines the phenomenon of the spatiality in which not only the art forms but also the participants float. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Toronto [Ont.] : University of Toronto Press, Ă2007
ISBN: 9781442684171
1442684178
9780802090942
080209094X
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 190 pages, [32] pages of plates) : illustrations (some color)

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