Opening up a space

Professor Martin Harrison poses the question: “What is this space which somehow I am ‘opening’ up?” (Harrison; 2012)

The reading ‘The Virtual Window’ by Anne Friedberg has some interesting points about the virtual world, space and windows/frames. This journal article has also inspired me to use Facebook as a way to disseminate my work. Many of the concepts Friedberg examines have strong links to the Realm of Forms developed by Plato.

Charles Baudelaire in his novel Windows declares: “What one can see in the light of day is always less interesting than what happens behind a pane of glass” (Friedberg; 2006; p.5).  This notion is extremely similar to the Realm of Forms in which ideas are perfect, and the earthly world is not. What one can see behind a pane of glass is congruent to which one may experience in front of a computer screen.

The article states: “As a unique tool of modernity, the cinema freed its spectators not only from the bindings of material space but also from the bindings of time” (Friedberg; 2006; p.9) My creative work will build a bridge between philosophy and new media. I will then utilize the ‘tool of modernity’ to allow my audience to have a presence and be able to act in the virtual, immaterial world. I will also use modernity to breathe life back into the Ancient Greek epoch so it can coexist with the present.

The term Virtual is Latin for virtus translating to strength and power. The definition of Virtual is: possessing a power of acting without the agency of matter; being functionally or effectively but not formally of its kind. (Friedberg; 2006; p.8) The Realm of Forms is one of the first philosophical attempts beyond religion to create a virtual world.

Taking up Dr Martin Harrison’s idea of the fragmentary nature of much of classical philosophy (such as the works of Aristotle being

collated from a series of his lecture notes), I have in the same way used Facebook as an analogues activity where each participant in the

dialogue gives us fragments of their ideas and philosophies as comments on each other’s pages. 



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