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[a machine that] feels like truth

Sean Cotterill

"It's a machine, but inside of it, it feels like real life, it feels like truth. And you feel present in the world that you're inside and you feel present with the people that you're inside of it with."
- Chris Milk

[a machine that] feels like truth is a small work investigating the use of Virtual Reality to examine human issues, particularly centering around virtual reality as an 'Empathy Machine'. The work performs a poor 'simulation' of virtual reality on a web browser where the mouse is used to juxtapose and explore various media items concerning the use of VR, including news articles, videos, legal documents and critical essays - with the aim of promoting a critical discussion around the suitability of Virtual Reality as a medium for addressing deeply-entrenched structual issues.

A list of sources used can be found here: https://raw.githubusercontent.com/theseanco/QHD_feelsLikeTruth/master/mediaSources.md

Sean Cotterill is a digital artist, live coder, musician living and working in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, currently undertaking a PhD at Newcastle University focusing on developing a Free/Libre digital art practice. Cotterill's current projects include reverse-engineered live coded dance music as co¥ᄀpt, reconstructing blackwork embroidery for sampler/sampler, and disassembling the proprietary cyborg for howToNotDie.

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