The Incompleteness of Looking

Hillman, John (2019) The Incompleteness of Looking. Membrana, 4 (4). pp. 66-69. ISSN 2463-8501

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Augmented reality is fundamentally different from virtual reality: it does not map a real world environment into a digital one, as a virtual experience. Instead, it locates both reality and virtual within the same experiential frame. Through it, our interactions with reality are mediated via the fantasy of an augmented experience. Thus, augmented reality supplements what we see with the the purpose of trying to maintain our attention.

What is most fascinating about augmented reality is how reality itself becomes a part of, rather than distinct from, digital information. It is in this sense that the very notion of seeing is fundamentally challenged. Since when augmented technology is not deployed, what is left is an apparent incompleteness of simply looking. But what are the consequences of confronting this incompleteness or blind spot? In this article I examine how augmented reality simply renders a structure that has always sustained the visual field.

Item Type: Article
Date: 1 July 2019
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
G500 Information Systems
G600 Software Engineering
G700 Artificial Intelligence
G900 Others in Mathematical and Computing Sciences
V500 Philosophy
W600 Cinematics and Photography
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham Institute of Creative Arts > School of Visual Communication
Depositing User: John Hillman
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2019 13:35
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2020 15:10

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