[NetBehaviour] Virtual to ‘Virtual’

Edward Picot julian.lesaux at gmail.com
Thu Jul 18 18:42:09 CEST 2019


Good stuff! I just installed the Firefox plugin, and then looked up 
'virtual' in Wikipedia. 172 instances of the word ended up in quote 
marks - and quite a few ended up in double quote marks.

On 17/07/2019 11:46, Garrett Lynch wrote:
> 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
>
> -- 
> regards
> Garrett Lynch IRL
> _________________
> Garrett at asquare.org <mailto:Garrett at asquare.org>
> http://www.asquare.org/
>
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