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Future spaces in contemporary Australian art: The law of proximity, overexposure and the city


Wise, CJE, Future spaces in contemporary Australian art: The law of proximity, overexposure and the city, Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 23, (6) pp. 937-954. ISSN 1030-4312 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2009 Taylor & Francis

DOI: doi:10.1080/10304310903294747


This paper addresses Paul Virilio's notions of the 'overexposed city' and 'the law of proximity' in relation to contemporary Australian art practice in order to investigate the current cultural imagining of the 'future spaces' of the city. In one sense updating the cliche that a painting offers a window on the world, this paper substitutes recent art works by contemporary Australian artists for Virilio's 'door without a city'. In attempting to discern the status of urban architecture in relation to the exponential development of technology, Virilio identifies 'a transmutation of representation' that he discusses in terms of film: 'Here, more than anywhere, advanced technologies have converged to create a synthetic space-time.' The art works selected in this paper serve to chart this filmic 'transmutation' from a geographical to a temporal representation of space as motion, where 'the living and the living dead merge to the point of delirium'. © 2009 Taylor & Francis.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Visual arts
Research Field:Fine arts
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:The creative arts
UTAS Author:Wise, CJE (Professor Kit Wise)
ID Code:100179
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:School of Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2015-05-06
Last Modified:2015-06-15

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