Michael Benedikt: New spaces, new depths (March 31, 1993)

Michael Benedikt begins by discussing the opposite of cyberspace, architecture reality characterized by presence, significance, materiality, emptiness and depth.

After his comments, he presents images for 26 minutes, in silence.

Benedikt resumes his talk with a survey of the new kinds of spaces based not on presence and materiality, but media, mathematics, and finance. He reviews the pre-history of cyberspace, from Renaissance trompe l’oeil to Diller & Scofidio. Benedikt concludes with a survey of early architectural engagements with cyberspace, from Le Volume bleu et jaune and David Em, to proposals for virtual image and video collections, and a cyber-cemetery, and finally architectural approaches to organizing information.

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