I was always concerned about the question of what reality exactly means. I travelled a long path of uncertainty until I discovered
that reality is a huge and complex concept belonging to humans, which encompasses principles of physics, anatomic structures,
physiological processes, psychological dimensions, cognitive science, not least the whole new empirical theory of perception,
and of course philosophy, cultural background, personal experiences – and the list can go on.
The title, 3D=2D has different connotations, but mainly it is just a variation of the same problem: the stereoscopic view of the environment. It is based on personal experience. As a child, I was the subject of corrective surgery of my eyes’ muscles, as I was suffering from bad convergent strabismus or esotropia. I remember that I had double vision for months, and thus – being unable to find my way around – I just helped myself using other senses like touch and hearing. After years of endless corrective exercises and huge eyeglasses, I still don’t have binocular vision, known as stereoscopic vision, rather monocular vision. The brain chooses which eye is best suited to deliver the information for me. In spite of that, after years of trials and errors, my brain finds a way to deliver a three-dimensional space, which I need in order to survive in the environment.
Another aspect of how we understand the reality around us is through cultural heritage and the social and political inputs. I am a living fossil of a dead world – the communist experiment. I am also contemporary with the new (for me) democratic and capitalist world in all its childhood aspects: wild, greedy, materialistic, but also rewarding and what’s most important, free? Can reality be the sum of all the congruent overlapping maps of our perception?
Vordere Zollamtstraße 3, Intermediate storey 21 A
18 to 21 June or upon agreement
from 10:00 to 18:00
o. Univ.-Prof. Mag. rer. Nat. Dr. techn. Georg Glaeser
Sen.Lect. Dr. Bernd Kräftner
Univ.-Prof. Mag. art. Ruth Schnell
o. Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn. Alfred Vendl
Prof. Virgil Widrich