[NetBehaviour] Virtual to 'Virtual'
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Fri Jul 19 12:52:02 CEST 2019
Yes problematic language compounded within problematic language - levels,
layers all the way down.
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> Date: Thu, 18 Jul 2019 17:42:09 +0100
> From: Edward Picot <julian.lesaux at gmail.com>
> To: netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org
> Subject: Re: [NetBehaviour] Virtual to ?Virtual?
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> 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
Garrett Lynch (IRL)
Garrett at asquare.org
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