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“Shadows” explores how we engage with the virtual reality of the online social environment. Julia, is a sixteen year old girl, born into the era of the internet, and for whom online social networking is completely natural. She is, herself, in a period of transition; not yet sure of her place in an unfamiliar real world, but comfortable in the security of a known synthetic virtual reality. She was ‘photographed’ using a Microsoft Kinect Sensor and the infra-red scans used to build a 3D avatar which acts as a shadow ‘trace’ of her physical presence in a synthetic virtual environment.
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