The Arrival of the Body That Perceives: The Exploration of Sexuality and Identity Through Auto-ethnographic Narratives in Mixed Reality Environments
Cui, Mona Muchao
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The purpose of this practice-led research project is to speculate about how immersive and interactive media could nurture narratives about sexuality and identity by using practice-led design approaches. To understand the core of this creative enquiry, the contextual review investigates sexuality and identity through the lens of Queer Phenomenology. Queer Phenomenology has also inspired the understanding of body and embodiment, which provided angles through to comprehend immersive and interactive media. An autoethnographic approach was adopted as a creative and qualitative research methodology and this has provided the source of the narrative. Autoethnography, along with an action research methodology, was utilised to design the experience. This project experiments with the possibility that Mixed Reality (MR) environments can be used to invite a bi-curious audience to reflect on their sexuality and identity if provided with the agency to do so. Narratives in MR provide an altered reality, wherein an audience can have novel experiences and perceive sexuality and identity differently. The project presents an interactive prototype of the proposed Mixed Reality experience.