[NetBehaviour] Virtual to ‘Virtual’

Garrett Lynch lists at asquare.org
Wed Jul 17 12:46:57 CEST 2019

I'm releasing a new networked artwork today - Virtual to ‘Virtual’, a web
browser extension for Firefox and Google Chrome. You can download the
extension from my site (http://www.asquare.org/virtual-to-virtual/) or for
Firefox from the Firefox Add-ons website (
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/virtual-to-virtual/). Press
release below.

"Virtual to ‘Virtual’ is a web browser extension available for Firefox and
Google Chrome. On each webpage visited it places all instances of the word
virtual within single inverted commas.
The title of Virtual to ‘Virtual’ makes reference to philosophical theory,
in particular that of Giles Deleuze, which defines the virtual as
immaterial and as such does not occupy a time or space yet is not abstract.
Consequently, what is virtual can be understood to exist and is
experientially a part of what is real. In language, however, the term
virtual is frequently employed as antipodal to real. According to this
interpretation virtual is immaterial or abstract while real is material or
existing. Virtual to ‘Virtual’ is intended to stress how problematic the
term virtual is in language according to philosophical theory. It does so
through the use of single inverted commas, transforming virtual to
‘virtual’, and thereby proposes a correction to all instances on the web as
a ‘virtual’ networked space."

#networkedart #virtual #language #conceptual #browserextension

Garrett Lynch IRL
Garrett at asquare.org
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