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Welcome to Data Society seminar series with Jay David Bolter!

Reality media is a term that we (Maria Engberg, Blair MacIntyre, and I) use in our forthcoming book from MIT Press to situate virtual and augmented reality in a larger context of technological and aesthetics practices, including those of film, photography, and television.

In this talk I focus on how VR and AR in particular evoke a sense of the uncanny. VR relies on computer graphics to reproduce reality, and that reproduction is always imperfect and therefore uncanny. AR uses sensing and tracking technologies to create uncannymirror worlds, spaces that observe us even as we experience them.   

To participate, reserve a spot in the virtual audience by emailing Maria Engberg (  The talk will take place inside a web-based Virtual Reality room, using the Mozilla Hubs technology. You will get all the details once you’ve signed up. The room has limited capacity, hence the sign-up.