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The Seventh Ray: A Mixed Reality initiation experience


Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA)

Electronic Visualisation and the Arts

9 - 13 July 2018

Mixed reality, Mystery schools, Eleusinian Mysteries

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      ‘Seventh Ray’ is a Mixed Reality (MR) platform inspired by Mystery School initiation techniques of the ancient world. The platform employs the latest in perceptual and sensory augmentation technologies to explore the meaning and modern day significance of these ancient ceremonies. The historic texts provide a formula and the new technologies provide the tools to revive these rites into previously unimaginable formulations. The Seventh Ray seeks to explore the combined power of drama with the particular state of awareness one feels when they fully inhabit a mixed reality. Might the MR brain exhibit closer parallels with the ‘book reading brain’ than that of the ‘movie watching’ one? The ancient texts give us a formula; the emerging technologies of VR and AR give us the tools to revive these ancient rites into unimaginable dimensions.

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      Director, Learning Technology Research Centre (LTRC)

      Principle Research Fellow, Ravensbourne, London, UK
      The Explorers Club

      St Leonards on Sea

      East Sussex

      July 2018
      July 2018
      : 339-345
      © Smith et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of EVA London 2018, UK

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      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts
      London, UK
      9 - 13 July 2018
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