Virtual meeting (Zoom)
Seminar of Philosophy of Image
The Space of Illusion, from Phantasmagoria to ZoomYale University
Illusion is not just the effect of a series of textual procedures; it also needs a media environment that supports it. By media environment, or mediascape, I mean a space that in hosting a medium becomes part of it, to the point that it itself becomes an agent of mediation. A good example of illusion that arises in and from an environment is provided by the Phantasmagoria, in which the effect of the presence of ghosts depended both on projection, and on the arrangement of the space in which the projection happened. I will try to apply this double register of analysis, visual and environmental, also to the way in which Zoom pursues an effect of co-presence and interaction among participants.