The Virtual Embodied
Practice, Presence, Technology
Edited by John Wood
Routledge – 1998 – 240 pages
The Virtual Embodied is intended to inform, provoke and delight. It explores the ideas of embodiment, knowledge, space, virtue and virtuality to address fundamental questions about technology and human presence. It juxtaposes cutting-edge theories, polemics, and creative practices to uncover ethical, aesthetic and ecological implications of why, how and in particular where, human actions, observations and insights take place.
In The Virtual Embodied, many of the authors, artists, performers and designers apply their interdisciplinary passions to questions of embodied knowledge and virtual space. In doing so it chooses to acknowledge the limitations of the conventional linear book and uses them creatively to challenge existing genres of multi-media and networked consumerism.
'The virtue of The Virtual Embodied lies in its unexpected and often lateral treatments of the theme of the virtual, and how, through the persuasiveness of critique, it can be applied to a variety of social and cultural conditions.' - Social Semiotics, 10(1), 2000