Sunday, January 8, 2012

Bad Santa?

Bad Santa?

One of the most valuable things I've learned from virtual worlds is that our conception of reality is based as much upon imaginary projection as objective perception. In a virtual world such as Second Life we can easily remember that there is software behind the beautiful sky we see. With a little more effort and attention we can even keep in mind that there is a human of unknown age, gender and appearance behind the avtar we're interacting with.

Being able to shift awareness in and out of immersion in virtual life is a great exercise for awakening to the analogous phenomenon in the atomic world. Our experience of physical life is no less a construction of our minds. The dome of Earth's sky is actually blue light scattered across the atmosphere. Although we can't read other people's minds, we usually act as if we know exactly what they're thinking.

For the past year or so, I've been playing around with using dolls and action figures to expose how our minds reflexively construct personality, identity and story. For instance, the toys in the image above weren't posed. The were just sitting on a shelf at an antique mall. But one glance was all it took for my mind to reflexively translate the sensory impressions into an evocative story. By noticing and capturing this mental process with toys, my hope is that I'll have an easier time remembering it with people. Someday.


7 comments:

Shockwave Plasma said...

Then again, maybe you just like spanking?

michelehyacinth said...

So Santa makes her hips shake by the dashboard lights. I never knew that...

(And the word verification for this comment was positively naughty as well.)

Botgirl Questi said...

Shockwave: I certainly noticed it when passing that shelf. I'm pretty sure no one set the scene up intentionally, because it only gave that impression under a relatively narrow range of camera angle.

Michele: I ended up buying her, but haven't tested yet to see if the electronics work. And what were those verification words????

Khannea Suntzu said...

You talk a lot about SL. Sad you rarely visit it any more.

You need to get your feet wet in the grass girl. It's evolving fast.

Botgirl Questi said...

Khannea: What cool new evolutionary enhancements have I been missing?

Khannea Suntzu said...

Check some of these Mesh stores. Some of these dresses are like FABULOUS.

http://www.scoop.it/t/the-ultimate-sl-shopping-psychosis

michelehyacinth said...

Botgirl, there were several letters but in the middle of the bunch was "cl_t". Or maybe that was Bad Santa's influence on how I read those letters!

Khannea, I must be lagging with the all things mesh. The main reason being that it impacts my sense of identity in that mesh clothes fit my form only as the creator *thinks* my form should be. I have curves and have had them from my first rez day, but the vast majority of mesh I've demo'd wants to flatten my chest and tuckus, narrow my hips, and lengthen my torso. When/if mesh gets to the place where it conforms to MY shape instead of trying to reshape my shape to conform to the creator's notion of what they think my shape should be, then I might find it interesting. Right now, for me, mesh seems much more something that doesn't acknowledge and tries to tweak identity more than anything. In fact, I've been planning a weblog entry on this very topic, something I hope to write if I can articulate it clearly enough.