Histories of Time-Based Art: Architecture as a Time-Based Art: Immersive Strategies in Iannis Xenakis’ Polytopes

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  • Histories of the New Sessions

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  • Histories of Time-Based Art: Architecture as a Time-Based Art: Immersive Strategies in Iannis Xenakis’ Polytopes

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  • This paper deals with the ‘Polytopes’, a series of large-scale multimedia environments conceived by the composer and architect Iannis Xenakis during the 1960s and 1970s. It is argued that these cybernetic installations offer challenging examples of a time-based and dematerialized architecture where the very notions of space and place become an expressive medium in itself. Doing so, the Polytopes bring a new element in the discussion on what role is left for architecture in the era of multimedia and Virtual Reality.

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