Crossroads of Realities: Photography Within 'Grand Theft Auto V'

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Wed, May 14th, 2014 21:56 by capnasty NEWS

Created by Canadian-based artist Benoit Paillé, this unusual photography art project titled Crossroads of Realities combines the stunning scenery found in Grand Theft Auto V with photos of real gamers' arms holding photography equipment. Some images are so beautiful, it is almost impossible to distinguish them from the digital world they were generated. The time lapse is pretty cool, too.

The photographic performance of this project is to overlay a material reality with a virtual one, erasing the border between the two worlds. It is a response to the proliferation of visual projects that take place in virtual spaces. It is a questioning about the notion of border and territory. A mix of two distinct realities into a single image. I want to show that we can use a virtual space in conceptual photography and approach these areas with the same sensitivity as the physical space.

Through my wanderings in the game, I observes the surrounding elements with the same look that I uses in my artistic practice in the real world. I strives to demonstrate that photography is not a reality but a means to disclose a tiny part of our vision and perception of the world around us, and to show dissolution/fusion of phenomenal reality within virtual worlds.This series is also a response/adding to the proliferation of visual projects that take place in virtual spaces. It is a questioning about the notion of border and territory

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