Digital Past. Facticity and Fiction in the Visualization of History


The project investigates the role of digital image processes in the understanding and imagination of past events and epochs. The focus is on those reconstructions that are ascribed a documentary, fact-based character (cinematic documentaries, use of virtual reality in historical museums). The central question is which new forms of reception of history can be observed in the field of digital reconstruction and simulation – for example, through the promise of a new immediacy made possible by immersion in simulated pasts. The aim of the project is to develop criteria for a genuine pictorial history and theory of digital reconstruction, a critique of historical imagination under the changed conditions of digitalization.



Peter Geimer, Freie Universität Berlin (Free University of Berlin)                                                           

Luca Beisel, Freie Universität Berlin (Free University of Berlin)