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By Roberto Diodato

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Reconfigures vintage aesthetic recommendations relating to the newness brought via digital bodies.

Arguing that the digital physique is anything new—namely, an entity that from an ontological standpoint has only in the near past entered the world—Roberto Diodato considers the consequences of this type of physique for aesthetics. digital our bodies insert themselves into the distance spread out by way of the recognized contrast in Aristotle’s Physics among normal and synthetic beings—they are either. they're beings which are concurrently occasions; they're photographs which are immediately inner and exterior; they're ontological hybrids that exist merely within the interplay among logical-computational textual content and human our bodies endowed with technological prostheses. Pursuing this line of inspiration, Diodato reconfigures vintage aesthetic techniques resembling mimesis, illustration, the relation among phantasm and truth, the character of pictures and mind's eye, and the idea of sensory knowledge.

Roberto Diodato is affiliate Professor of Aesthetics on the Catholic collage of the Sacred middle in Milan, Italy.

Justin L. Harmon is a educating assistant within the Philosophy division on the collage of Kentucky.

Silvia Benso is Professor of Philosophy on the Rochester Institute of expertise.

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Awkwardly at first, then with greater assurance, you experiment with this strange new way of moving. Breathing in sharply, you rise above the clearing. Small animals like fireflies, dancing on the outskirts of the forest, serve as your escort. A pond covered with water lilies and strange aquatic plants glitters before you. The world is soft, organic, dominated by an omnipresent vegetation. Leaning over, you head toward a large tree that appears to serve as the axis of the sacred clearing. Suddenly you come into contact with the tree, penetrating the wood itself.

Now, without presupposing a complex system of interpretation it is difficult to draw a distinction between the internal and the external, and still more between the real and the fictitious, or between the private world of consciousness and the external world of reality. Such a distinction resists even when it is mitigated by an intentional structure. In this regard, I prefer to embrace decisively the Cartesian position,51 and in a radical way: We have no tools, with the exception, perhaps, of the complex construction of a metaphysical system, so as to distinguish dream states from waking states.

Is it not true in fact that we know that we are not the directors of our own dreams? Do the bodies and events that show up in our dreams not appear as immutable, as if they were other to us? Do we not know that we cannot change the appearance of the dream by a simple act of will? The dream, its material components, and its causal development escape the constructive grip of the avatar. ” one should notice that I do not suppose any, however obvious, distinction between conscious and unconscious, if 32 Aesthetics of the Virtual only because it would imply a topology that I cannot justify.

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