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Expanded Cinema, Video Art, Special Effects, VR: An Exploration of the Non...

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School of Design, Victoria University of Wellington in partnership with ProjectR present this talk with Dr. Michael Goddard.


Contemporary virtual reality as marketed by the likes of Oculus Rift and Vive promises 'never-before-experienced' levels of immersion and the 'magic of presence' as a radically new consumer product. Yet these hyped up claims are far from new and echo similar hype from the 1990s and resonate with earlier forms of immersive audiovisual experimentation.


This talk will put these claims in context by looking at the larger history of the resonance between computing and audiovisual media that goes back at least to the 1960s, including the work of John Whitney and Jordan Belson, as well as experimenters with video in the 1960s and 1970s such as Frank Gillette, Bill Viola and Alberto Grifi. It will situate the actual development of virtual reality in the 1990s in proximity to both these practices, and histories of stereoscopy, 3D and special effects. Finally it will propose that while discussions of VR in the 1990s were no less prone to exaggeration and hype, their speculative qualities are valuable for thinking about what may actually emerge as genuinely new in 21st Century VR.


Dr. Michael Goddard Bio


Dr Goddard’s research and teaching is interdisciplinary. He’s invested in storytelling—particularly alternative media practices like experimental films, video, installation art, and VR—and looking critically at these mediums.

As a theorist, he’s especially interested in the field of media ecology. His recent work looks at media archaeology as a method of research and how Internet research can bring about the political stakes of media archaeology. He’s written several articles based around Italian media theory, especially the work of Franco Berardi, whose writings he has translated. He focuses on how cinema and video art can be a means for diagnosing contemporary forms of mediated subjectivity. He’s been invited to lecture in Brazil, the US, Canada, Germany, and the UK.

Dr. Goddard has been teaching and researching in the UK since 2007; prior to this he had a number of positions in Poland, Australia and France. His full bio and publications can be found here.
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