Immersive Environment – what can it do for you?
By Liat Shalom
According to Plato, artist are mimics who try to represent reality through image. how we represent information,determines the level of accessibility.
Through better representations of reality we remove technical obstacles , and can better access the underlying information.
With the advent of paper and the written language, we began to code information and represent it through words and pictures.Early representations such as newspaper or hand written letters, allowed for better parlaying of information to the masses.
2D – representations such as paper are useful but constricting. They do not accurately represent our experiences of the world and require much abstract thinking.
Computer Technology increased our ability to represent reality by adding another dimension, time.
Information was no longer limited to a static 2D representation but can now be seen as moving images, videos, and sound.
By better representing our reality, information became more accessible and much easier to use and interpret. modern technology has allowed us to create even better representations of reality in immersive environments. Technologies such as virtual 3D environments and augmented reality allow us to engage information on multiple levels the human senses.
These newer technologies allow a more natural and personal interaction with information, and allow us to better use it.
By removing Technical barriers of prior limited representation we make information more accessible and allow us to access it directly breaching the obstacles of time and space.
As our technology continues to grow we will be better able to mimic reality in out representations. with these fully immersive environments we blur the line of reality and our representation of reality.
As artist we must learn to adapt and to to exploit these new and ever growing technology to create better representations .
A good example for this is : is the Interactive children’s books – I Magic Book.
By doing so, we pave the way to a never ending road of possibilities as creators.
I believe, if Plato were able to see what us “mimics” have achieved today, creating our own virtual realties and engaging on multiple levels not just stopping at the visual, he might reconsider the significance and abilities of us “evil” artists.
I think that while we were once mimics, today we are designers who can shape and augment the world we once tried to imitate.