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Neuromancer (1984) - William Gibson
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In his science fiction novels, William Gibson's hallucinatory account of cyberspace provided the first social and spatial blueprint for the digital frontier. In his 1984 novel Neuromancer – a colorful, disturbing account of our emerging information society – he added the word "cyberspace" to our vocabulary. His writings explore the implications of a wired, digital culture, and have had tremendous influence on the scientists, researchers, theorists, and artists working with virtual reality. Gibson's notion of an inhabitable, immersive terrain that exists in the connections between computer networks, a fluid, architectural space that could expand endlessly – an invitation to "jack in" to the "digital matrix" – has opened the door to a new genre of literary and artistic forms, and has shaped our expectations of what is possible in virtual environments. [...]
'Neuro-physiological vibrations' [...]Artaud believes cinema is a direct action on the brain, its images, he writes, are 'an inorganic language that moves the mind by osmosis'. (152) Cinema as the direct contact and movement of force on matter is the simultaneous construction of a living body as the expression of life. Cinema is the action of these 'neuro-physiological vibrations', its images produce a nerve wave in the flesh which constructs a new body, a BwO, a living body.
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