Pseudorealism, also spelled pseudo-realism, is a term used in a variety of discourses (often pejoratively) connoting any artistic and dramatic technique, or work of art, film and literature perceived as superficial, not-real or non-realistic. The term is often used to describe artistic methods deviating from what's commonly referred to as an accurate representation of reality. By definition, the term is highly subjective. For example, Bangalore-born artist Devajyoti Ray would like to see it as a separate art-form in conjunction with his own figurative paintings created more freely in the context of Indian art. Meanwhile, at the opposite end of the spectrum, the term is used to describe photorealistic CGI animation and 3D computer graphics indistinguishable from cine-photography. Yet, other sources might equate pseudorealism with Magic realism, popular in film, literature, and visual arts, or even the cynical pseudo-realism of the Stalinist era as exposed by Orwell.
The term has also often been used to describe a certain type of film productions, TV programmes, and video games, where special effects, computer generated imagery and 3D animation are used to augment reality based images. In this context the word pseudoreal has a negative connotation.
According to some, the term pseudorealism in reference to art, has a parallel in mathematical field of representation theory or the idea that something unreal can still give the impression of the real. There, a (pseudo real) Quaternionic representation is a group representation that is equivalent to its complex conjugate, but that is not a real representation.
Notes and references 
- Eric Loren Smoodin, Ann Martin, Hollywood quarterly: film culture in postwar America, 1945-1957. Page 235. University of California Press.
- A Defence Of Paradise-Engineering. BLTC Research, 1998. Use of term: pseudo-realism.
- Hasina Khatib, "Pseudorealism back in Mumbai". Hindustan Times. Mumbai, November 14, 2011.
- David Surman, Master's Thesis: CGI Animation - Pseudorealism, Perception and Possible Worlds. GameCareerGuide.com. Retrieved on 2010-10-21.
- What is pseudo-realism? Pseudo-realism.com. [unreliable source?]
- Christopher Hitchens, Why Orwell Matters. Page 93. Basic Books, 2003. ISBN 0-465-03050-5.
- David Surman | Swinburne University of Technology - Academia.edu. Swinburne.academia.edu. Retrieved on 2010-10-21.
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