Taking the Long View: Expanding the Spatial Envelope from Picture Plane to Panorama in Contested Space

  • ©ISEA2019: 25th International Symposium on Electronic Art, Annette Weintraub, Taking the Long View: Expanding the Spatial Envelope from Picture Plane to Panorama in Contested Space

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  • Rethinking the Future

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  • Taking the Long View: Expanding the Spatial Envelope from Picture Plane to Panorama in Contested Space

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  • Contested Spaces: The Myrtle Walks presents eight online images that use a slow-moving scroll through an extended horizontal format to recreate a series of meditative walks through the mixed industrial/residential neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn (NY, USA). This work-in-progress web project explores the disorder and fragmentation of the marginal spaces in which everyday life occurs — what Henri Lefebvre called residual space — represented by a jumble of vernacular architecture, hand lettered signage, discarded consumer items and industrial castoffs. This presentation first touches on the pictorial conventions historically employed in landscape painting, from the rectangular frame of the Renaissance picture plane to the long horizontal of Asian manuscript handscrolls and discusses how the panorama, cyclorama and moving panorama are formats that parallel the experience of walking and thus create an experience that immerses the viewer in a narrative space.

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