The Condition of Virtuality
N, Katherine Hayles
‘The Digital Dialectic-New Essays on New Media’ edited by Peter Lunenfeld
image : the metaphor of the book in game, Myst
‘virtuality if the cultural perception that material objects are interpenetrated by information patterns…A message is … a pattern, not a presence. Only when the message is encoded in a signal for transmission through a medium does it assume material form… the dualities between information/noise, pattern/randomness, signal/not-signal are not dichotomies but dialectics.’
When information is privileged over materiality, the pattern/randomness dialectic associated with information is perceived as dominant over the presence/absence dialectic associated with materiality. The condition of virtuality implies, then, a widespread perception that presence/absence is being displaced and preempted by pattern/randomness.
postmodernism/ virtual reality — deconstruction/ maximum entropy
1. possession seriates into access.
2. castration seriates into mutation
‘…Body boundaries extended or disrupted through proprioceptive coherence formed in conjunction with computer interface.
Virtuality is not about living in an immaterial realm of information, but about the cultural perception that material objects are interpenetrated with information patterns.