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The book is concerned with virtual space in conjunction with contemporary conceptual art. Following an anthropological method of inquiry, the author is basing their research on intensive interviews with seven artists, whose works manifest an architectural thinking and who deal explicitly with the problem of transformable space while investigating the domain of the virtual. They are constructed around empty space, absence of action and narration, the reverse side of visibility and are based mainly on analogue means of representation. The virtual space thus resulting is dependent on the interaction with the spectator and a temporary actualisation of otherwise unmanifested spatial potentialities. Performativity is a key concept, which refers to the experienceable side of the virtual space and is connected with conceptual art – seen as an impossible dissolving of the object of art. Heuristically the book evaluates contexts of relevance and efficiency of the works.
This book is a cartography of thoughts on virtuality in connection with contemporary art. In their built environments, the interviewed artists suggest spaces that are not concretely experienceable in immediate actuality, but are nevertheless real, therefore being perceived as virtual. These spaces are the result of an assimilation of the problematic of the virtual experience, which was launched by the digital era, but elaborate a vision of virtuality, which is obtained with architectural means and manifests performatively.