Our second day in Jackson, Wyoming was going to be eventful due to the party Larre would host as DJ in Second Life that afternoon, so we got an early start by exploring more of the setting of the area. On this day, we would learn more about his deep sensory-immersive experiences, finding peace in both real and virtual worlds.
The party begins.
Right in the middle of the intense DJ party, Dr. Ikegami’s attention was caught by Larry’s use of the word, “peace” to describe his happiness, seeing all the avatars dancing along with his music: Larry feels internal peace in Second Life.
“In such a hyper-world, as a digital DJ handling four computers and a mixer, how can he experience peace?” It was then that Larry and Dr. Ikegami’s conversations began to move into a deeper level of his internal autistic experiences.
Standing on the hilltop, Larry reflected on the meditative qualities of immersing oneself in a virtual world. That was why he felt “peace” in the middle of conducting the DJ party in Second Life. Experiential aspects of virtual worlds resonate strongly with Larry’s feelings and sensibilities toward spirituality.
The echos of birds calling each other through the Jackson valley could be heard on that hill from all around, as if we were on a hill top in a scene in Second Life.It began to be hard to distinguish between the virtual and the real while Larry and Eiko were immersed into deep conversations. It was not a philosophical dialogue, but rather a shared travelogue about the sense and feel of the virtual and the real.
Eiko noted: “Larry feels and sees something deep and beautiful in the landscape, different from what I am seeing even though we are facing the same scene. Larry has extraordinary acute senses and memories, primarily visionally, as expressed in his description of exquisite imagery. “
“His sensory perceptions are different from mine and so are his experiences. His autistic lived sense of presence, supported by his profoundly sensitive sensory perceptions, are to a large part bypassing linguistic conceptual narratives, reaching to the depth of human experience in more of a meditative or contemplative way. I really appreciate that he could share and demonstrate his feelings with me so directly, there on that hilltop.” Eiko Ikegami