Beyond Matter, Within Space. Curatorial and Art Mediation Techniques on the Verge of Virtual Reality

Exhibitions are sites of knowledge production and exchange, and their spatial qualities are central to contextualizing the information harbored within the artworks they present. In virtual emulations of exhibitions, immersion is not bound to geographical location but to the interplay between materiality and representation. Bringing together partners from around and beyond Europe, the research project Beyond Matter (2019–23) aimed to make sense of the interdependence between physical and virtual and to decipher the impact of that interdependence on the spatial aspects of producing, curating, and mediating art. In exploring the so-called virtual condition, the project proposed new modes for preserving cultural heritage while probing the potentials of digital world-making.

This publication, Beyond Matter, Within Space. Curatorial and Art Mediation Techniques on the Verge of Virtual Reality, offers a comprehensive overview of the multifaceted research activities conducted by the Beyond Matter partners and takes a deeper look at the enfoldments of virtual reality. In interviews, scholarly essays, and other texts, the authors document the project outcomes and expand on its theoretical foundations.

Paul Aguraiuja, Ali Akbar Mehta, Kristaps Ancāns, Corina L. Apostol, Constança Babo, Amanda Beech, Philippe Bettinelli, Giulia Bini, Andreas Broeckmann, Julie Champion Lagadec, Annet Dekker, Adela Demetja, Lily Díaz-Kommonen, Krischan Ditsch, Dennis Dizon, Jan Elantkowski, Irmgard Emmelhainz, Elena Esposito, Fruzsina Feigl, Bernard Dionysius Geoghegan, Marialaura Ghidini, Jiří Gruber, Esteban Gutiérrez-Jiménez, Graham Harman, Kai-Uwe Hemken, Yannick Hofmann, Johanna Jolen Kuzmenko, Borbála Kálmán, Helen Kaplinsky, Sebastian Klein, Felix Koberstein, Bogna Konior, Moritz Konrad, Sybille Krämer, Laura Kuusk, Camille Laurelli, Marcella Lista, Anna Longo, Elen Lotman, Mauro Martino, Cvijeta Miljak, Daria Mille, Felix Mittelberger, Lívia Nolasco-Rózsás, Elena Papadaki, Christiane Paul, Anastasia Philimonos, Siim Preiman, Cecilia Preiß, Simon Schneebiegl, Gaia Tedone, Amanda Tristão Parra, Annette Urban, Marie Vicet, Kim West, Siegfried Zielinski

Interviews with:
Beatrice von Bismarck, Zach Blas, Enrico Boccioletti, Janine Burger, Donika Çina, Ami Clarke, Dennis Dizon, Jazmina Figueroa, HUNITI GOLDOX, Hanna Hildebrand, Carolyn Kirschner, Olson Lamaj, Valentina Peri, Theodoulos Polyviou, The Rodina, Beatrix Szörényi, Alexander Walmsley


BEYOND MATTER. Cultural Heritage on the Verge of Virtual Reality

Coordinating institution
ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (Germany)

Project partners
Aalto University, Espoo (Finland)
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (France)
Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest (Hungary)
Tallinn Art Hall (Estonia)
Tirana Art Lab – Center for Contemporary Art (Albania)

Associated partners
EPFL Pavilions, Lausanne (Switzerland)
GIM Gesellschaft für Innovative Marktforschung mbH, Heidelberg, Germany
HAWK University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hildesheim (Germany)
Bio Design Lab at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG Karlsruhe), Germany

Co-funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union and German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media
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