Name: As Paranoia Comes to a Poem
Artist: Cai Yuxiao(China)
Tag: Virtual Reality Hypertext
Time: May 25, 2018
“As Paranoia Comes to a Poem” is a hypertext work created with virtual reality (VR) as the medium. The author proceeded from the relationship between space and text and made hypertext reading experiments in VR. It explores consciousness of paranoia in the post-modern, the anxiety and evolution of the digital community in the 21st century, the symbiosis between people and cyberspace, and the fragmentation and interaction of current information. In this work, the user / reader walks in the text matrix with the VR controller, reads with the VR headset, interacts with the text, and triggers text content replacement. Taking the spatial textual interaction as the base point, the author allows the reader to obtain the author’s power in this reading / writing space, and let reader reconstruct and write the hypertext narrative in his walking.
The “Paranoia” here is the “Paranoia” in the sense of Thomas Pynchon. It is a form of acceptance and ideology of post-modern people in the face of information, hyperlinks, and cyberspace. This symptoms-like name, “Paranoia”, is nothing but a metaphor. When one becomes a paranoiac, he begins to actively seek connections, maintains doubts about information and text, and pays more attention to his power and participation in this writing space.
The text describes the fragmented mind of a 21st century paranoiac and the narrative statement of the paranoiac from a third person perspective. Each text has the intertextuality. The viewer reads the text by walking through space by triggering the hyperlink in VR space.
Reading methods: (1) Press the direction disk of the VR controller to move; (2) Look at the text via VR headset and use the VR controller trigger to trigger the hyperlink to jump from one text to another text.