Interface Agents as Whatever-beings

Victor J. Vitanza
University of Texas at Arlington, USA
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Abstract: I propose to reexamine the Question of MOO AnArchitexture. I've worked on this paraproject previously (in now printed articles) and would like to return to it at DAC Norway. My presentation will "show" a series of anarchitextural metaphors that I will take from Deleuze's reading in PLI (The Fold) of Leibnizean Compossibility and Incompossible world. (I will be taking metaphors from other, strange reconceptual sites as well.)

But before showing a series of metaphors, I want to begin with Jan Holmevik's new interface of enCore Xpress and argue (by showing) Why this is the revolutionary site in virtual existence from which to begin rethinking MOO AnArchitecture. The split screen, the amphibian nature of client/Web, leads me to rethink additional folds that could be called upon to establish still new metaphors for new interfaces.

Basically, what I will have been doing is strongly suggesting, through seeing, that MOOs need not, perhaps should not, be familiar places, but defamiliarized, uncanny places. As a site, for either educational or sportif purposes, a MOO can teach defamiliarization. Why defamiliarization? One possible answer is for breaking the habitual way we see ... even and especially now how we see the virtual world. Seeing differently, I assume, is life enhancing and life furthering. AnEducation is about the general reEducation of the Eyes, moving from Oedipal eyes to Others's eyes.

As I first argue the point about the enCore Xpress and then later argue for demaniliarization in paraeducation, I will be constantly showing--for seeing--multimedia images as metaphors for Strange MOOs. What I have to say in epigramatic style will complement what I have to show in acinemgraphic styles.

About the Presenter: Victor J. Vitanza is a Professor of English at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is editor of PRE/TEXT and co-editor of PRE/TEXT Electra(Lite). His most recent books are Negation, Subjectivity and the History of Rhetoric (SUNY, 1997) and CyberReader 2ed. (Allyn & Bacon, 1999). He has a recent book entitled Writing for the World Wide Web (Allyn & Bacon, 1998).