– Visions of Space from the Middle Ages to the Digital Age

Analog, Digital, Social Visions of Space

The metaverse as a virtual parallel world and next manifestation of the internet has prompted wide-ranging debates ever since the blockchain hype got started. Yet the ability to build and shape worlds through the manipulation of social, real, and imaginary spaces has arguably been a key aspect of artistic and scientific creativity throughout the eras. Accompanying the exhibition at the Francisco Carolinum in Linz, the scientific anthology—Visions of Space from the Middle Ages to the Digital Age is the first publication to examine this multifaceted history from an art-historical perspective. Gathering seventy-five positions in analog as well as digital and inter-media art, it offers a foundational contribution to the current debates over the metaverse. The palette of subjects ranges from studies of early painterly solutions to problems of pictorial space emerging in the fifteenth century and the question of how works of sculpture engender spaces to the sensory, scholarly, and technological practices of charting spaces and a critical engagement with the dystopian as well as utopian potentials of today’s cutting-edge conceptions of metaspaces.

Contributions by international writers representing a variety of scholarly disciplines focus on many aspects of analog and digital spatialities in the contexts of art and its sociology. Authors: Katrin Klietsch, Roswitha Schuller, Charlotte Reuss, Corinna Canali & Giulia Faccin, Ivana Lemcool, Stefan Buerger, Maria Buerger & Friedrich Schadow, Apurva Talpade, Joshua Reiman, Steven Scott, Jurit Kaertner, Lívia Nolasco-Rózsás, Claudia Fuggetti, Valentina Bartalesi & Anna Calise, Diana Thun, Edoardo Biscossi & Cosimo Campani, Giuseppe Resta & Fabiana Dicuonzo, Natalia Stanusch, Fabricio Lamoncha, Justyna Profaska, Sara Radi Ahmed & Carmen Armenteros Puchades, Juliusz Grabianski, Victor G. García Castañeda, César Escudero Andaluz, Benjamin K. Hodges, John Dimopoulos, Sara Rutz, Anika Schroter, Yorgos (George) Tzitsas, Laura Cocciolillo, Ben Livne Weitzman, Martin Zeilinger, Charu Maithani, Vincenzo Fiore Marrese, Manuela Naveau, Anna Komitska, Chad Dawkins, Mónica Jacobo, and Diana Lengua & Margo Lengua.

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