Developing Enactive Political Gameplay in Transworld, Transmedia Genius Loci


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Developing Enactive Political Gameplay in Transworld, Transmedia Genius Loci, paper presented at "Politica 2.0: Memoria, Etica e Nuove Forme della Comunicazione Politica, XXXVII - Congresso dell’Associazione Italiana di Studi Semiotici, 23-25 ottobre 2009. Università di Bologna.
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Developing Enactive Political Gameplay in Transworld, Transmedia Genius Loci

  1. 1. New discursive and technological modalities in contemporary politics Patrick J. Coppock, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Department of Social, Cognitive and Quantitative Sciences. [email_address]
  2. 2. Politics in Transworld, Transmedia Gameplay Space <ul><li>Premise1: Political discouse is essentially relational , in character - a question of building and maintaining affective and strategic alliances with non co-present others. </li></ul><ul><li>Premise 2: Transworld, transmedia ludic and social media are designed to remediate enactive experience of engagement with non co-present tangible (people, places, things) and intangible otherness (possible worlds, cultural practices) </li></ul><ul><li>Premise 3: An important component of this enactive experience is amodal perception that creates a sense of “Presence in Absence” No ë (2004, 2009) </li></ul>
  3. 3. “ Presence in Abscence”
  4. 4. Amodal Perception (No ë ) <ul><li>“ Perceptual experience has an uneliminable amodal component” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ We routinely experience aspects of the physical world as present for us, though some of its empirical details may be hidden from view”. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ it seems as if you are aware, in a perceptual modality, of something that is plainly out of view” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ in seeing what is visible, you have a sense – a visual sense – of the presence of the [thing] as a whole” </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Amodal Perception (No ë ) <ul><li>Phenomenologically speaking, nearby environmental detail is experienced as “presence in absence” – it is “available”, but never holistically represented: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ the world as given to perception is available” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ there is no such thing as seeing all the detail at once” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ perceivers know how to gain access” </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Enactive Experience (No ë ) <ul><li>We are aware that our embodied agency allows us to explore, and meaningfully “fill out”, “missing” details of our immediate environment: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ experience isn’t something that happens to us, it is something we do” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ enacting perceptual content” [is] “making contact with the world through skillful exercise” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>” we have practical knowledge of how to bring […] unperceived items into view by movements of the body” </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Enactive Experience (No ë ) <ul><li>Environmental detail is “present” for us in the sense that it is constantly available through skillful “probing” of the world </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ the world is given to perception as available” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ perceptual experience is a temporally extended activity of skillful probing” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ directed looking” [is] “the visual equivalent of touching” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ what mediates our perceptual relation with he world is only our exploration of the world” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ perceiving is not a way of representing, it is a way of gathering or assembling content” </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Enactive Experience (No ë ) <ul><li>Our phenomenological experience of the world, and the meanings we attach to this obtain conceptual or other “content” through our exercise of refined sensorimotor skills. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ perceptual awareness of objects, for enactive direct realism, is an achievement of sensorimotor understanding” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ the world is present – not in our minds – but as available to our inspection” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ the world is present in experience virtually thanks to our online dynamic access to it” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ perceptual experience is virtual all the way in” </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Glocal – Transworld, Transmedia – Identities <ul><li>Premise 4: Transworld, transmedia gameplay genius loci act as ‘open’ worlds that may facilitate growth of ‘glocal’ political identities through cooperititive engagement with non co-present forms of otherness </li></ul><ul><li>Premise 5: ‘Glocal’ political identities develop as enactive experiences of ‘global’ and ‘local’ actual and possible worlds – and the past, present and future identites these worlds construct – entangle with one another in non-linear, non-predictiable ways </li></ul>
  10. 10. Actual and Possible Worlds Wp1 Wp2 Wp4 Wp3 Wa Wp5 Wpn Past Present Future
  11. 11. Local Cinematographic Playspace
  12. 12. Local Videogameplay Space
  13. 13. Ludic & Social Media
  14. 14. Blending Cooperation & Competition in Cooperition <ul><li>Cooperation + Competition ≅ Cooperiton </li></ul><ul><ul><li>User Generated Content (UGC) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In (e.g.) videogames, virtual worlds & social networks : </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Avatar Styling, Speed-Runs, Modding, Level Design </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Island & Property Development, Shops, Services </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>YouTube, facebook Links, Videos, Photos, </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Apps for Facebook/Twitter/iPhone </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open Source Code development and sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wiki, Wave – collective forms of at-a-distance authorship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creative Commons = new conceptions of rights of use </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. From Consumption to Prosumption <ul><li>Production / Consumption Model </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Production + Governance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Top-Down’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consumption + Delegation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cooperition / Prosumption Model </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cooperition + Peer-to-Peer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Bottom-Up’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prosumption + Engagement </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Transworld, Transmedia Gamespace (Twinity)
  17. 17. Transworld Transmedia Gamespace (Twinity)
  18. 18. Transworld Transmedia Gamespace (Second Life)
  19. 19. Antonio Di Pietro in Real Life
  20. 20. Antonio Di Pietro in Second Life
  21. 21. Transworld Relational Gameplay Space - Facebook
  22. 22. Barack Obama Fan Page
  23. 23. White House Fan Page
  24. 24. Jens Stoltenberg Fan Page
  25. 25. Silvio Berlusconi Fan Page
  26. 26. ‘ Uccidoiamo Berlusconi’ Page
  27. 27. Dario Franceschini Fan Page
  28. 28. Transworld Semantic Gameplay Space -Twitter
  29. 29. Iran Post-Election Protests
  30. 30. Remediation of Cultural Memory & Trauma <ul><li>Theme 1: Remediating cultural memory of trauma </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can transworld, transmedia remediations of cultural trauma help us engage with painful memories that blend aspects of past, present and future actual and possible worlds in potentially meaningful ways? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Theme: 2 Remediating cultural memory of pain/suffering </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can transworld, transmedia depictions of real or ‘virtual’ pain and suffering play a constructive role in re-enganging and re-elaborating cultural memory of trauma? </li></ul></ul></ul>