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  • Developments in electronic communications are drastically changing what it means to be human and to interact with humans. The value of recent technological developments to artists is more than doing more, faster and better; it is also the ability to highlight and elevate humanness in new ways through art, even by appearing to replace the real with the virtual. New tools dont simply replace humans, they allow human creators to shift into new realms of creation: creating dynamic systems and worlds instead of static products. This chapter will give consideration to the different types of presence manifest in various communications formats, stage presence in technology-mediated performance, and several artworks that bring new light to the artists approach to virtual worlds as a kind of counterpoint with reality.

author list (cited authors)

  • Morris, J. M.

Book Title

  • Metaplasticity in Virtual Worlds

publication date

  • January 2011