Hy­brid Re­al­ity on the Couch


Session Title:

  • Hybrid Cultures

Presentation Title:

  • Hy­brid Re­al­ity on the Couch




  • Panel: Hybrid Cultures

    This talk will take a crit­i­cal view on the blur­ring of bound­aries be­tween vir­tual worlds and real life ex­pe­ri­ence. The focus will con­cen­trate on a con­cept of re­al­ity that en­cour­ages the re-en­act­ment of highly trau­matic mem­o­ries within the vi­sual frame­work of 3D-vir­tu­al­i­sa­tions as sug­gested by the ther­a­peu­tic sim­u­la­tion pro­gram Vir­tual Iraq.  Here the com­plex process of mem­ory, imag­i­na­tion and sup­pres­sion is con­fronted with its trans­la­tion into the aes­thet­ics of a com­puter game.  In an­other work, Harun Farocki’s an­a­lytic video in­stal­la­tion Im­mer­sion, 2009, the merg­ing of im­ages be­tween vir­tual worlds and real life ex­pe­ri­ence is ques­tioned by de­lib­er­ately sep­a­rat­ing the vir­tual and the real.