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      Tombs and Reels of Consciousness: The aesthetics that interlink ancient ritualistic artefacts and digital, augmented and virtual reality

      Proceedings of EVA London 2019 (EVA 2019)

      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts

      8 - 11 July 2019

      Tomb of Perneb, Maya Deren, Virtual reality, Technoetic arts, Consciousness, Apparition, Ritual, Museums

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          In 1945 the filmmaker Maya Deren sent a scenario to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York with a proposal to make a 16mm film on the ancient Egyptian tomb of Perneb. In the proposal she emphasises the difficulty, which the topic of ancient Egypt poses to viewers in terms of their ability to identify with a culture whose ideology is so different from their own. Deren devises a strategy akin to racial memory with which to meaningfully reconstruct the life of the tomb's deceased dweller. An analysis of her ideas firstly demonstrates how she plans to utilise the cinematic apparatus in conceptual affinity with the ancient Egyptian belief thereby offering the viewers a participatory and apparitional experience in archaic consciousness of eternal life, whilst following the narrative of the man whose spirit inhabits the tomb. Secondly, Deren explicates that archaic rituals and modern technologies are both time-based and relativistic. Indeed, augmented reality and virtual reality can be employed to manipulate and transfigure our perception of, and position in, space-time. Technoetic sensibility is accordingly applied to theoretically visualise the tomb as a digitally enhanced time-machine and as apparitional, participatory, as well as enlightening, encounter with a remote culture.

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               L Moore,  L. MOORE (2018)

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                July 2019
                July 2019
                : 155-161
                Cybernetic Futures Inst. Dingley Place, London, UK
                © Moore. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of EVA London 2019, UK

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                Proceedings of EVA London 2019
                EVA 2019
                London, UK
                8 - 11 July 2019
                Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
                Electronic Visualisation and the Arts
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