Virtual reality is celebrated as the ultimate medium for storytelling. Some even say that virtual reality can make you feel empathy in ways that no other media could. In this episode of Medea Vox, we gather three media scholars to discuss the concepts of augmented and virtual reality. Should we believe the hype?
This is a conversation between Jay David Bolter, Wesley chair of new media at the Georgia Institute of Technology; Susan Kozel, professor of new media at Malmö University; and Maria Engberg, assistant professor in media technology at Malmö University.
Some people, projects and books mentioned:
- Jeffrey Shaw, new media artist and researcher who is working with virtual reality from an artistic approach
- Ivan Sutherland, the “father of computer graphics” who put together the first examples of both augmented and virtual reality
- Jaron Lanier, writer, computer scientist and artist—the person who first popularized virtual reality
- John Perry Barlow’s “A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace“
- Chris Milk’s 360 film The Displaced
- Susan Leigh Foster‘s book in her book Choreographing Empathy (she places the history of sympathy and empathy in parallel with the history of colonialization)
- The AffeXity project where augmented reality is used to explore relationships between dancers, audience members, archival media, and physical locations