Creating Convenience : How Virtual Reality allows for Augmented Relationships

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dc.contributor.advisor Du Preez, Amanda
dc.contributor.postgraduate Giebler, Martin Eberhard
dc.date.accessioned 2021-02-25T08:04:14Z
dc.date.available 2021-02-25T08:04:14Z
dc.date.created 2021-04-14
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.description Dissertation (MA)--University of Pretoria, 2020. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract This dissertation uses Heidegger’s critique of technology and its essence in an attempt to understand how Virtual Reality technology can change how we interact with the world and each other. The history of VR devices is unpacked to understand the motivation behind VR’s uses and development. Merleau-Ponty’s theories about embodied experiences are also used to understand how VR has an increased capacity to generate a sense of telepresence in the virtual environment for the user. Cases are investigated that specifically deals with how VR has influenced human interactions and rituals and made them more convenient to the users. The first cases focus on religion and how it changes when it is taken online. Specific focus is given to the Church of Fools online church and D.J. Soto’s VR church. The difference between how an online church operates is compared to the VR Church and how embodiment in the VE is experienced in each. This dissertation also explores cases where a user enters a ‘cross-dimensional’ relationship with the virtual. Two cases of people marrying virtual characters are examined. In these cases, the user entered a relationship with a character that was constructed by someone else. The other case examined, is that of Sgt.Hale (username) who created and then married a virtual character in a VE that he designed and based on a real-world location. In each of the relevant cases, how technology has influenced and, in a sense, encouraged them, is explored and unpacked. en_ZA
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dc.description.degree MA en_ZA
dc.description.department Visual Arts en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Giebler, ME 2020, Creating Convenience : How Virtual Reality allows for Augmented Relationships, MA Dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd <http://hdl.handle.net/2263/78833> en_ZA
dc.identifier.other A2021 en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/78833
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher University of Pretoria
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dc.subject Virtual Reality en_ZA
dc.subject Immersion en_ZA
dc.subject Embodiment en_ZA
dc.subject cybernetics en_ZA
dc.subject telepresence en_ZA
dc.subject UCTD
dc.title Creating Convenience : How Virtual Reality allows for Augmented Relationships en_ZA
dc.type Dissertation en_ZA


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