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Architecture and the Virtual (Hardcover) (Marta Jecu)

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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.

Architecture and the Virtual is a study of architecture as it is reflected in the work of seven contemporary artists, working with the tools of our post-digital age. The book maps the convergence of virtual space and contemporary conceptual art and is an anthropological exploration of artists who deal with transformable space and work through analog means of image production. Marta Jecu builds her inquiry around interviews with artists and curators in order to explore how these works create the experience of the virtual in architecture. Performativity and neo-conceptualism play important roles in this process and in the efficiency with which these works act in the social space.
Number of Pages: 204
Genre: Architecture
Sub-Genre: History / Contemporary (1945-)
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Author: Marta Jecu
Language: English
Street Date: February 15, 2016
TCIN: 16389465
UPC: 9781783201945
Item Number (DPCI): 247-33-0137
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