26 January 2009 Dots and dashes: art, virtual reality, and the telegraph
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Dots and Dashes is a virtual reality artwork that explores online romance over the telegraph, based on Ella Cheever Thayer's novel Wired Love - a Romance in Dots and Dashes (an Old Story Told in a New Way)1. The uncanny similarities between this story and the world of today's virtual environments provides the springboard for an exploration of a wealth of anxieties and dreams, including the construction of identities in an electronically mediated environment, the shifting boundaries between the natural and machine worlds, and the spiritual dimensions of science and technology. In this paper we examine the parallels between the telegraph networks and our current conceptions of cyberspace, as well as unique social and cultural impacts specific to the telegraph. These include the new opportunities and roles available to women in the telegraph industry and the connection between the telegraph and the Spiritualist movement. We discuss the development of the artwork, its structure and aesthetics, and the technical development of the work.
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Silvia Ruzanka, Ben Chang, "Dots and dashes: art, virtual reality, and the telegraph", Proc. SPIE 7238, The Engineering Reality of Virtual Reality 2009, 723808 (26 January 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.806984; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.806984

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