Use of Multimedia 2009
Course: HIAA 1890F: From Worlds in Miniature to Miniature Worlds: Theming and Virtuality
Interview with Prof. Tureli:
Description: This seminar surveyed spaces of consumption that are organized around themes such as theme parks. Miniaturization, in particular, is a prevalent spatial strategy used in themed environments that range in form from historical quarters of cities that are reconfigured as miniature museum-cities to the culturally-themed hyperreal representations that emerge in multi-user virtual environments such as Second Life. What are the different kinds of experience these spaces offer to visitors immersed in their exhibitions? What are the appeals of themed environments and virtual reality technologies they employ? Posing such questions, this seminar explored theming and virtuality both historically and globally.
Prof. Tureli’s comments: