Professor Dr. Sabine Fabo
FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Hybrid Reality at the Couch
The paper 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-enacting of highly traumatic memories within the visual framework of 3D-virtualizations, as suggested by the programme “Virtual Iraq“. Here the complex process of memory, imagination and suppression is confronted with its translation into the aesthetics of a computer game. Harun Farockis analytic video installation "Serious Games 3, Immersion“, 2009, questions these merging of images by deliberately separating the virtual and the real.