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The dome in digital space
Pyewacket Kazyanenko is a digital performance artist working and experimenting in virtual worlds, and the first avatar to contribute to our 100 readers. I asked her about her interactions with the ‘real’ space of the dome.
What do you like most about the domed reading room?
'The laptop plug is essentially the prime real estate of this decade, but to dwell on the people, stories and ideas that have come and gone through the ages, prompted by fat law books, 20th-century poetry, the glow of green lamps and old swivel chairs is a gracious contemplation.'
How you use the dome?
'I use the dome for information-browsing and to spark inspiration. Often the best ideas come when you’re thinking about something else interesting or creative. A random computer game, painting, print or obscure book is good for the mind.'
Why did you choose to take part in the 100 readers project?
'There was little choice as to participation in this project for me. Algorithms and predictions were found, gathered and assessed regarding the 100 readers project, Pyewacket being an avatar of inevitability.'
Why did you choose to read from Neil Stephenson’s Snow crash?
'I chose to read Snow crash because it’s a fun ride, a trip. It remains relevant as important speculative near-future science fiction.'
What does the dome offer to virtual readers?
'Being able to plug in, boot up, and drop out within the hushed silence of extraordinary architecture is always a pleasure. The sense of being amongst 200 random students on seven-inch laptops connected to news services, social networks and libraries in Korea, Alaska, Iran, China, the US, Europe and Samoa. The domed reading room offers a sense of solitude within loving arms.'
How you envision the future of libraries, in particular the domed reading room?
'People write volumes about the future of libraries, and about the archiving of knowledge. It’s a precarious situation. All I’ll mention is that as soon as corporate interest, privatisation or government censorship invades the public space with freedom of information or bias interpretation through select search engines, it’ll be worth questioning.'
Do you see the dome as a creative hub?
'The dome is a USB hub for creative minds.'