Malleus Maleficarum: Beware! Architecture and the Arts in our Midst

By Ioannis C. Yessios and Olga Pantelidou.

Published by The Arts Collection

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In 1487, the Holy Inquisition first published the Malleus Maleficarum, a guide for identifying and exterminating witches. This validated and expanded the practice of hunting progressive, free-thinking, heretic, mostly female, personalities under the pretext of witchcraft.

Throughout history, Architecture and the Arts have always considered themselves as the incarnation of the creative, female spirit within society. By adopting this belief, one might observe that Architects and Artist actually choose the role of the witch within society. This paper uses the definition of witch from the Malleus Maleficarum and uses it as a metaphor with which to analyze the place of Arts and Architecture in society and to explore their actual, active relationships with the status quo in the contemporary age. In addition, it will account for the microcosms of Arts and Architecture in which similar struggles may also be encountered. This ultimately leads to inquiries about how contemporary society addresses witches’ modern incarnations.

Keywords: Malleus Maleficarum, Architecture, Arts, Witch

The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.97-104. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 578.844KB).

Ioannis C. Yessios

Associate Professor, Technology Integrated Media Environment, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH, USA

Ioannis C. Yessios (Yianni) is an information artist and designer. He holds Bachelors of Science in Engineering from Princeton and a Masters of Fine Arts in Art and Technology from Ohio State University. In the past he has worked as a technical web designer and performed extensively on stage, especially as a mime. This diverse background leads to the creation of artwork that includes performance, installation, programming, video, and 3D animation. His work tends to use technology to create a discourse about how technology adopted by society affects society. He has exhibited his work in both the United States and Europe. For the past five years he has been Assistant Professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where he teaches a mixture of theory and studio course in the Technology Integrated Media Environment major.

Olga Pantelidou

PhD Candidate, School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens, Thessaloniki, Greece

Olga Pantelidou is a PhD candidate at the School of Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens, where her studies focus on how technology affects the design of office buildings. Concurrently, she is a graduate student in Yale University's Master of Architecture II program. She already holds two master degrees, one in Information Technology, and another in Architecture and Philosophy. She has taught at the University of Thessaly, Greece, in the Department of Planning & Regional Development, and at the Aristoteleio University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in the Department of Architecture. In 2004, she participated in the 9th International Exhibition of Architecture, “Bienalle di Venezia”.

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