Spectral Bodies

Catherine Richards

1991, 05:30 minutes, colour, English


This tape is about my work with virtual reality technology. The tape addresses the way simulation and subjectivity issues are at stake within this technology.
Spectral Bodies was made to traverse the boundaries between the imaginary and the "real" in the realm of scientific metaphor, physiological testing and our sense of our own subjectivity - ourselves. I like to think of it as my approach to science fiction. I see science fiction as an intervention in the metaphors which we weave around ourselves and technology. Science fiction which is as much a fiction of science as it is a fiction about our own subjectivity.
The videotape is neither documentation nor explanation. Instead I deliberately set out to make a tape which tantalizes and puzzles with short narratives, all describing how we may lose our body and quite often along with it, a personal self. This is at the core of my interactive work in VR.

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