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Narratives of Creation and Space:: Pilgrimage, Aboriginal and Digital
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Humlab. Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies. (HUMlab Virtual Worlds Group)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3257-7328
2008 (Polish)In: Format, ISSN 0867-2555, no 55, 18-19 p.Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Abstract [en]

I approach digital media via brief examinations of spatial and narrative discourse networks not often associated with the digital. This approach is meant to suggest that digital media is a product and a producer of a dynamic realignment of cultural assumptions globally, such as what is considered to be 'narrative'. The cultural fields I discuss in relation to digital media are the performance of pilgrimage and some of the story telling systems of the Australian Aboriginal nations. In relation to pilgrimage the 9th century Buddhist stupa of Borobudur on the Indonesian island of Java is examined as an example of a spatial hypermediation that immerses the pilgrim in a story manifest through interactions. The Aboriginal story systems examined move across media forms (spoken word, song, body paint, sculpture, bark painting) to present a participatory narrative grounded in culturally specific understandings of space and place.

My use of the term 'digital' refers to media systems that rely on digital technologies. The major features of digital technologies relevant here is the effectiveness of the technology at constructing spatial relations in representations and the demand of the direct participation of the users as co-creators of what is represented.


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Warsaw: Akadamia Sztuk Pieknych , 2008. no 55, 18-19 p.
Keyword [pl]
digital, narrative, spatial, story telling
National Category
General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-32269OAI: diva2:302323
Available from: 2010-03-05 Created: 2010-03-05 Last updated: 2013-07-24

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