Image and Space

10. International Bauhaus-Colloquium • Weimar 2007

Call for Papers

Workshop 1

Prof. Dr. Lambert Wiesing (University of Jena)
Assistant: Dr. Sabine Zierold

There is a fundamental kinship between architecture and image: architecture as well as images create spaces, though not exactly in the same way. Similarly to architecture that produces spaces that can be looked at as well as physically entered, in images visual spaces are created that by means of the digital technology can also be navigated. Following this observation the workshop Image and Space is set to discuss the interferences between image and space. Within the broad field of architectural theory, cultural studies, media history, space and image theory the interactions, analogies and differences between the architectural space and the imaginary space in images will be questioned. Historically as well as systematically the workshop will investigate the influence of the digital media on the architectural space as well as the various forms of spatialization in the image media. Which role for instance do the technique of simulation, ubiquitous design and the phenomenon of "augmented reality" play in the spatiality of architecture?

With navigation systems and computer games, it seems as if by means of Head-Mounted Displays or mobile phones more hybrid forms of image and space are entering the everyday life environment. Nevertheless this is not a completely new phenomenon. Historically the various forms of interpenetration between image and space started much earlier. Maybe beginning with the narrative program of the gothic cathedral, followed by the technique of the Renaissance perspective and the trompe l'oeil of the Image-Space-Continuum of the Baroque, from the infinite Euclidian space of the modernist linear city to the fragmented, allegorical space of deconstruction, the interweave between illusionary space and real space is a constant theme in the production of images as well as in architecture.

Exemplary papers that deal with examples of concrete connections between image and space are expected, as well as papers that deal with more basic philosophical reflections on the principal possibilities of a connection between built and displayed spaces.

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