Frameworks, Artworks, Place

The Space of Perception in the Modern World


How space – mental, emotional, visual – is implicated in our constructions of reality and our art is the focus of this set of innovative essays. For the first time art theorists and historians, visual artists, literary critics and philosophers have come together to assay the problem of space both within conventional discipline boundaries and across them. What emerges is a stimulating discussion of the problem of embodied space and situated consciousness that will be of interest to the general reader as well as specialists working in the fields of art history and art practice, literature, philosophy and education.
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Biographical Note

Tim Mehigan studied German literature and philosophy at Sydney, Trier and Freiburg universities, graduating in 1988 with a doctoral thesis on Heinrich von Kleist. He has published widely on literature and philosophy, notably on Kleist and Robert Musil. He has been foundation Chair of Languages at the University of Otago, New Zealand’s premier research university, since 2004, was a Humboldt Fellow at the University of Munich in 1994 and 1995, and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities.

Table of contents

Introduction Tim MEHIGAN: The Space of Perception Perception, Perspective, Representation Peter LEECH: The Painting of Philosophy: Space, Perspectivalism, Representability and Consciousness Rose WOODCOCK: The Anomalous Space of Pictures: Toward a Critique of Stereographic Virtual Reality James MCARDLE: Shifting Ground in some Australian Photography Barry EMPSON: Schoenberg’s Hat: Objects in Musical Space Louise FAIRFAX: Seeing into Space: The Unconscious and Schematisation Representation, Consciousness, Imagination Paul MONAGHAN: Bodies and Stairs: Modernist Theatrical Space and Consciousness Kim ROBERTS: Bridge, Mirror, Labyrinth: Shaping the Intervals of Calvino’s Invisible Cities Ewen JARVIS: Cartographers of Consciousness: Imagined Library Spaces in the Work of Haruki Murakami, Umberto Eco and Elias Canetti R.A. GOODRICH: Experiencing Kiefer’s “Scorched Earth” Landscapes: Acts of Re-Enactment, Acquaintance or Empathy? Constructions of Self in Space Dirk DE BRUYN: Fractured Urban Memories Khadija Z. CARROLL: Curating Curiosity: Wonder’s Colonial Phenomenology Uli KRAHN: A Synthetic Theory of Self, Derived from Migration Ann MCCULLOCH: Eternal Recurrence: Art, Pain and Consciousness Notes on Contributors