Dissolution of the Body Image

This text provides a spatial-psychoanalytical reading of virtual reality (VR) environments to dissect the role of culture and society in the creation of space and the implications of architecture on the body. Through readings of VR, we can better understand societal values, culture, and their subjects. Architecture has historically had a relationship with VR and representation. Therefore, the text explores the historical lineage of these environments and their link with perception and sensorial experience. It dissects this using theoretical texts from psychoanalysis and philosophy. By understanding historical precedents, from Pompeii to the contemporary, and the correlation of these with philosophy, psychology, and representation we can derive new methodologies of assessing space in contemporary VR applications. The text provides a perspective that recognizes the impact of virtual reality space on the subject through a historical lineage that has resulted in the VR spaces of today. It addresses notions of identity in our designed world.

Project Team:

Tatjana Crossley

Advised by Dr. Mark Cousins and Dr. Mark Campbell

Examined by Prof. Barbara Penner and Prof. Barry Curtis

Mentioned in:
Research, History, Theory
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