The Unifying Aspects of Cultures


Virtualization of Space, Perception and Culture

Chair of the section/Suggestions, Abstracts, Papers to:
Email: Klaus Wiegerling (Stuttgart) / Christoph Hubig (Stuttgart)

ABSTRACT: The experience of space is connected with the experience of the orientation of the body (Leib). In space I experience my mobility, but also the robustness of things. Body (Leib) and space are complementary entities. The body (Leib) is the center of an orientated space. By the development of ubiquitous or pervasive computing - that is, the development of computers which are supplied with sensors and which detect an integral, nearly invisible part of the physical world - it is possible to capture each movement and change. In addition, it is also possible to record personal, social and cultural data, which are connected with the data of the physical world. Thus the physical things in space become informed, meaning that they lose robustness and become smart. The things become animated in direct proportion to the extent to which they gather and exchange information. It is still possible to separate material and informed things in a distinct way. Material things become an independent source of information. It is possible to see who has previously touched a thing or who has dealt with it. This has implications for understanding culture as well as ourselves. The living world (Lebenswelt) is changing now, physical things are beginning to speak to us but not in the way of a mythos. Possibly the living world (Lebenswelt) is changing now to a non-historical world, consisting of an accumulation of data. Space, perception and culture are becoming virtualized, meaning that they are becoming incalculable. This circumstance means that ultimately they are causing effects in a different way than we are accustomed to.