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Representing altered states of consciousness in computer arts

Representing altered states of consciousness in computer arts

Weinel, Jonathan ORCID: 0000-0001-5347-3897 (2015) Representing altered states of consciousness in computer arts. In: EVA London 2015: Electronic Visualisation & the Arts. Proceedings of a conference held in London 7th-9th July. Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC) Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2015 . BCS: The Chartered Institute for IT, Swindon; London. ISBN 9781780173160; 9781780173164 ISSN 1477-9358 (Print), 1477-9358 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.14236/ewic/eva2015.9)

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Abstract

It has been proposed that among the earliest known artworks produced by humans may have been representations of altered states of consciousness (ASCs). With the advent of modern computer technology that enables the creation of almost any sound or image imaginable, the possibility of representing the subjective visual and aural components of hallucinatory experiences with increased realism emerges. In order to consider how these representations could be created, this paper provides a discussion of existing work that represents ASCs. I commence by providing an overview of ASCs and a brief history of their use in culture. This provides the necessary background through which we may then consider the variety of art and music that represents ASCs, including: shamanic art and music, modern visual art, popular music, film and video games. Through discussion of the ways in which these examples represent ASC, a concept of ‘ASC Simulation’ is proposed, which emphasises realistic representations of ASCs. The paper concludes with a brief summary of several creative projects in computer ,usic and arts that explore this area.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: EVA London 2015: Electronic Visualisation & the Arts. Proceedings of a conference held in London 7th-9th July
Uncontrolled Keywords: computer art, altered states of consciousness, music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences (CMS)
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Sound-Image Research Group
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Last Modified: 21 Oct 2021 10:38
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/34085

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