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Thresholds III – “Avatar”

Seminar of philosophy of image

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Published on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

Recent evolutions in the contemporary iconoscape have enabled the production of pictures that elicit in the perceiver a strong feeling of “being there”, namely of being incorporated into new and autonomous environments. Subjects relating to such environments are no longer visual observers in front of images isolated from the real world by a framing device; they are experiencers living in quasi-worlds that offer multisensory stimuli and allow interactive sensorimotor affordances. In relation to such quasi-worlds, a key role is played by the avatar, a digital proxy through which subjects interact with synthetic objects or other avatars. The notion and the uses of the avatar are becoming crucial in a variety of disciplines, ranging from philosophy to visual culture studies, anthropology, sociology, cognitive psychology, and neurosciences. Also, they are raising relevant issues in the fields of ethics and politics.

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Presentation

Recent evolutions in the contemporary iconoscape have enabled the production of pictures that elicit in the perceiver a strong feeling of “being there”, namely of being incorporated into new and autonomous environments. Subjects relating to such environments are no longer visual observers in front of images isolated from the real world by a framing device; they are experiencers living in quasi-worlds that offer multisensory stimuli and allow interactive sensorimotor affordances. In relation to such quasi-worlds, a key role is played by the avatar, a digital proxy through which subjects interact with synthetic objects or other avatars. The notion and the uses of the avatar are becoming crucial in a variety of disciplines, ranging from philosophy to visual culture studies, anthropology, sociology, cognitive psychology, and neurosciences. Also, they are raising relevant issues in the fields of ethics and politics.

Program

First semester

  • Tuesdays, 18:00>19.30

Second semester

  • Thursdays, 18:00>19.30

27.11.2018

  • Francesco Parisi, Università di Messina

18.12.2018

  • Simone Arcagni, Università di Palermo

13/14.12.2018

Adventures of Identity: from the Double to the Avatar

International conference @ Institut d'Études Avancées - Paris

14.02.2019

  • Simone Tosoni, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

23.03.2019

  • Luca Farulli, Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze

11.04.2019

  • Katrin Heimann, Aarhus University

09.05.2019

Elisabetta Modena, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia

28.05.2019

  • Lily Hibberd, University of New South Wales

06.06.2019

  • Martine Beugnet Université Paris Diderot

13.06.2019

  • Alain Berthoz, Collège de France

Directed by 

  • Andrea Pinotti

Organizing committee

  • Federica Cavaletti,
  • Pietro Conte,
  • Anna Caterina Dalmasso,
  • Giancarlo Grossi,
  • Giacomo Mercuriali

Contacts

seminario.immagine@gmail.com

www.facebook.com/SeminarioFilosofiaImmagine

Places

  • Seminar room, third floor – Attic of the Department of Philosophy – cortile della Ghiacciaia - via Festa del Perdono 7
    Milan, Italian Republic (20122)

Date(s)

  • Tuesday, November 27, 2018
  • Thursday, December 13, 2018
  • Friday, December 14, 2018
  • Tuesday, December 18, 2018
  • Thursday, February 14, 2019
  • Saturday, March 23, 2019
  • Thursday, April 11, 2019
  • Thursday, May 09, 2019
  • Tuesday, May 28, 2019
  • Thursday, June 06, 2019
  • Thursday, June 13, 2019

Keywords

  • avatar, identity, immersion, virtual reality, threshold, image

Contact(s)

  • Seminar of Philosophy of Image
    courriel : seminario [dot] immagine [at] gmail [dot] com

Information source

  • Seminar of Philosophy of Image
    courriel : seminario [dot] immagine [at] gmail [dot] com

To cite this announcement

« Thresholds III – “Avatar” », Seminar, Calenda, Published on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, https://calenda.org/525992

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