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Autonomous Avatars. Hybris of virtuell Sign Bodies?[German]
Mela Kocher presents a semiotic analysis of the avatar and its function as an electronic representative of the human being. Her analysis is situated in the context of the discussion on materiality/immateriality of sign bodies in digital media. Her starting point is an etymological approach to the term "avatar".
http://www.dichtung-digital.com/2002/11-10-Kocher.htm

An Essay on Virtual Bodies of Real People in the Internet [German]
Judith Mathez focuses on the transfer of a physical person into her virtual embodiment by naming 3 main aspects which are related to this transfer: 1. the body as communicative sign vehicle; 2. the relation between physical body and online body; 3. the de-embodiment and embodiment which results in the interaction between physical body and online body.
http://www.dichtung-digital.com/2002/11-10-Mathez.htm

Shattered embodiment. Cyberspace as Cartesian Project [English]
The Cartesian worldview is objectified in Virtual Reality technologies. Elke Müller compares Descartes’ philosophy with the phenomenological critique and alternative of Merleau-Ponty and distinguishes three kinds of virtual spaces, of which the CAVE seems to arouse the strongest kind of Cartesian ruptures, the experiences of ‘shattered embodiment’.
http://www.dichtung-digital.com/2002/11-10-Mueller.htm

Artificial Life. Frankensteins Descendants [German]
Maria Teresa Santoro and Rejane Cantoni promise horrible reports about monsters and other supernatural creatures, reports about creatures composed by artificially constructed organism, about insects, androids, and humanids.
http://www.dichtung-digital.com/2002/11-10-Santoro-Cantoni.htm

Der Avatar als Schnittstelle [German]
Karin Wenz explains the different functions of an avatar inMMORPG's (Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games) which can be highlighted by the metaphoric uses of cut and interface. Her example is the Role-Playing Game Ragnarok Online.
http://www.dichtung-digital.com/2002/11-10-Wenz.htm

Link und Performanz [German]
Uwe Wirth undertakes a semiotic and performative definition of the term "sign body in the web". He focuses on the indexicality and performativity of the link in hypertext.
http://www.dichtung-digital.com/2002/11-10-Wirth.htm