This project has received funding from the European
Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon
2020 research and innovation programme.
Grant agreement No. 834033 AN-ICON.



Virtual meeting (Zoom)

Seminar of Philosophy

Immersion and Virtual Reality

Lambert Wiesing

From a phenomenological point of view, picture objects – i. e. the things visible in pictures – occupy an intermediate position: on the one hand, they share with the objects of the imagination the property that they are for the beholder not present: The object visible in a picture, like an imaginary object, is not really present. But unlike fantasy objects, picture objects, on the other hand, are visible and public like objects of perception. This intermediate position is the reason to speak of an artificial presence of the image. The thesis of the lecture is that in the technical development of the image media, attempts can now be observed to phenomenally adapt the image object to the imaginary object as well as to the perceptual object. The alignment of the image object with the perceptual object leads to immersive images and the alignment of the image object with the imaginary object leads to virtual realities.

Lambert Wiesing studied philosophy, history of art and archeology in Münster (Germany). He received his 1989 and his “Habilitation” in philosophy in 1996. From 1993 to 1999 he was vice-president of the German Society for Aesthetics. Since 2001 he is professor of Theory of the image and phenomenology at the university of Jena (Germany). From 2005 to 2008 he has been president of the German Society for Aesthetics. His books include Artificial Presence: Philosophical Studies in Image Theory (2009), and The Philosophy of Perception: Phenomenology and Image Theory (2014).