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Carl Grinter

Published date
27 Jun 2018

How surprise transforms anxiety to create meaning and value in the design, production and experiential consumption of social-immersive media?

College: London College of Communication
Supervisors: Professor William Raban, Dr Amanda Windle


Social-immersive media, associated with virtual and mixed-reality responsive-media, enables us to participate through role-enactment in partly actual and partly fantastical experiences. This mentally- absorbing situation enables a process, change and passage from one mental state to another, characterised by diminishing critical distance and increasing emotional involvement (Grau,2002).

Through practice, I'm researching how immersive experience remediates the conditions within which surprise arises in real world conditions, generated as a consequence of anxieties when dealing with uncertain and unpredictable scenarios. As a reparative response surprise can provide valuable learning and new ways of seeing the world.