The Relationship between the Body of the Viewer and the Virtual Reality Film Alteration
Virtual reality films are characterised by their ability to provide an impression that viewers are physically present in a virtual space. At the same time, it is often assumed that the body of the viewer remains immobile while the viewer’s mind wanders the virtual world. This approach to the experience of virtual reality effaces the role of the body of the viewer in the process of watching virtual reality by looking at the viewer as a disembodied traveller. This study explores the relationship between the body of the viewer and the virtual space of the VR film Alteration. Furthermore, it concerns with not only bodily reactions of the viewers in the virtual space but also with the importance of their own creative abilities in the process of viewing. With this study, I suggest that the VR experience of Alteration is based on the way the viewer navigates in the virtual space and reflects on what he or she sees on the screen.
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