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Monday, July 12 • 1:30pm - 2:10pm
Aesthetics and Empathy: Why Art Matters

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Most empathy in VR utilizes perspective taking --putting the player in someone else's shoes. In this talk, Illya Szilak argues for expanding current approaches to empathy by returning to the original meaning of empathy as aesthetic sympathy. Reviewing the history of empathy and relevant neuropsychological literature, she will discuss the results of live prototyping experiments used to design Queerskins: ARK, which were recently published in The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts.

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Illya Szilak

Writer / Director / Producer / Artist, Cloudred
lllya Szilak is an artist, writer, and director. Her long-time artistic partner is interactive designer Cyril Tsiboulski. Their artistic practice is collaborative and participatory, often incorporating crowd-sourced and archival elements. They are known primarily for their Peabody... Read More →

Monday July 12, 2021 1:30pm - 2:10pm EDT