What’s not real?

Room concept | Installation 2019, msd

Generating a perfect illusion is an ancient dream of human kind. We already confront ourselves with simulations which refer to non-real-objects, instead they create a reality themselves.

Critics say, the virtual world leads to illusions and depriving us of true insights. Plato’s allegory of the cave in particular is often cited. Does this new reality draw us deeper into the cave or do we take a step out of it if the screens do not blind us but expand our senses?

I think virtuality is not a fake. Rather, as the French media theorist Pierre Lévy put it, it is a potential:

The virtual is not the anti-real, but on the contrary, it is a fruitful mode of being of creation. It’s like the imaginary that opens up a world of possibilities.