|Title||Gliding the Digital Plane: Narrativizing our Navigation of Contemporary Cyberspace|
|Authors||Gazi, J. and Gazi, J.|
With the mainstream emergence and progress in the development of the “metaverse”, it is notable that the conception of such a space has been narrativized within cinema and literature for almost four decades, inspired and influenced by Williiam Gibson’s conception of a three-dimensional cyberspace. Similarly, at the edge of Web 1.0, when the internet was still a wild and unruly space requiring skil l and tenacity to navigate, the term “surfing the internet” came to conceptualise the exploration of web space. This presentation examines how we might come to narrativize our contemporary experience of web navigation, which, I would suggest, hasnt been conceptualised in a widely agreed manner. Flat rather than three-dimensional, standardised rather than ad hoc, I examine the nature of our current navigation of cyberspace, identifying the cinematographical techniques that best communicate the experience of web browsing. With its extended use of the aerial shot, employment of the perspective of a disembodied consciousness, and the use of portals to progress its plot, Gaspar Noe’s 2009 film Enter the Void is highlighted as providing the most complete reflection of contemporary web navigation within an instance of moving-image media.
|Conference||6th International Society for Intermedial Studies Conference|
|Publisher||Trinity College Dublin|
|Published||02 Sep 2022|
|Journal||6th International Society for Intermedial Studies Conference In Between and Across: New Directions, Mappings and Contact Zones|
|Web address (URL)||https://www.tcd.ie/news_events/events/event/6th-international-society-for-intermedial-studies-conference--in-between-and-across-new-directions-mappings-and-contact-zones.php|