Ulrich Gehmann and Martin Reiche (eds): Real Virtuality: About the Destruction and Multiplication of World (with a Preface by Gerd Stern), Transcript Bielefeld, Germany sold internationally by Columbia University Press, US.
Real Virtuality explores the boundaries of how we understand space, reality and virtual worlds.
Increasingly, the virtual became reality by a hybridization of the world as we knew it: the process that went on in recent years is one of a technically assisted hybridization of both space and self, the »old« world is becoming virtualized and functionalized to a degree never experienced before. For the first time in human history, we have reached a threshold where we have not only to re-assert but to redefine ourselves, as regards our fundamental terms of understanding what world means for us, our base of existence and now an assemblage of mixed realities; and connected, what being human means.
Real Virtuality is an anthology with contributions by Martin Rieser, Randolph Langenbach, Gerd Stern amongst many other professionals from various sciences, humanities and the arts.
The book is available through Columbia University Press, Transcript Verlag and Amazon as paperback and the PDF version is on its way. Excerpts are available from the publisher’s website.