journal article

Staying Here, Being There. Bilocation, Empathy and Self-Empathy in Virtual Reality

Andrea Pinotti

Performative forms of architecture: from real space to virtual space

Fabrizia Bandi

Testing innovative preparation tools for immersive virtual environments. A case study in the didactics of Art

Federica Cavaletti, Ilaria Terrenghi

Calco mobile. La costruzione del reale nelle produzioni di non-fiction immersiva

Anna Caterina Dalmasso

Il medium di trasporto della percezione

Andrea Pinotti

Making Interaction Accessible: Virtual and Augmented Reality for Eye Contact Training in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Federica Cavaletti

Passing through. Gesture interfaces in virtual reality

Barbara Grespi

Going Virtual – But How? Mapping Virtualities in Contemporary Technoculture

Federica Cavaletti, Filippo Fimiani, Andrea Pinotti

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality New Tools for Art and Politics

Elisabetta Modena, Andrea Pinotti, Sofia Pirandello

journal article

Staying Here, Being There. Bilocation, Empathy and Self-Empathy in Virtual Reality

Andrea Pinotti

This paper addresses an ancient desire, attested in several cultures: that of being able to bilocate, to be in two different places, “here” and “there”, at the same time. This desire, which has intercepted the spheres of religious, mystical, esoteric and sci-fi experience, is now being taken up and revived by new immersive virtual reality technologies. By teleporting us (either in the first person or through an avatar) to an “elsewhere”, virtual reality also takes us to other subjectivities, with whom it promises us the possibility of an empathic relationship. Also through a comparison with the medium of film, the paper criticises the dark side of this promise of empathy in VR, deconstructing its rhetoric, and in contrast highlights its bright side and utopian component.

book chapter

Staying Here, Being There. Bilocation, Empathy and Self-Empathy in Virtual Reality

Andrea Pinotti

keywords

This paper addresses an ancient desire, attested in several cultures: that of being able to bilocate, to be in two different places, “here” and “there”, at the same time. This desire, which has intercepted the spheres of religious, mystical, esoteric and sci-fi experience, is now being taken up and revived by new immersive virtual reality technologies. By teleporting us (either in the first person or through an avatar) to an “elsewhere”, virtual reality also takes us to other subjectivities, with whom it promises us the possibility of an empathic relationship. Also through a comparison with the medium of film, the paper criticises the dark side of this promise of empathy in VR, deconstructing its rhetoric, and in contrast highlights its bright side and utopian component.

Book/magazine/Issue

Bollettino Filosofico

publisher

Centro di Ateneo per le Biblioteche

place of publication

Napoli

year of publication

2022

Citation

A. Pinotti, "Staying here, being there. Bilocation, empathy and self-empathy in virtual reality", Bollettino Filosofico, no. 37 (2022), pp. 142-162.