Marking Space: On Spatial Representation in Contemporary Visual Culture

Monday, 31 July
8:30 - 10:15 am
Rooom 207

This paper looks at different ways that space is dealt with in contemporary visual culture and attempts to link these evolving modes of spatial representation to emerging technologies, particularly GPS, GIS, and openGL, as well as to suggest links between the depiction and thinking about space in the current moment with similar explorations from the history of late-20th-century avant-garde artistic practice.

In particular, the paper discusses the virtual worlds of video games as new type of spatial narrative, in relation to Lev Manovich's idea of the spatial montage. While this paper is necessarily more suggestive than exhaustive, it attempts to choose contemporary visual practices and practitioners that could stand as representatives for larger tendencies in their respective domains. The paper originated as a somewhat personal document, an attempt to situate the author's recent art practice within a larger historical and cultural context. As such, at times the links between these divergent practices must be made through the sensibility of the author.

Joseph Tekippe
School of Visual Arts
New York, USA
jtekippe (at)