Evolutionary Total Artwork: Biology, Media and Space

By Frederico Fialho Teixeira and Muge Belek Fialho Teixeira.

Published by The Arts Collection

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The influence of biology in visual arts and architecture has been significant and profound throughout time. Within this notion of biological induction, artists have increasingly adopted the use of multiple interrelated art forms to express one space. Presently, electronic music, visual arts and some forms of architecture allow different types of relations, as it’s possible to navigate through music or to touch the virtual. These forms of spatial art works persistently challenge artistic taxonomy. In spite of this, the use of different art practices to create a single work is not groundbreaking, as it can be traced back to the end of the definition of “Total Artwork” (Gesamtkunstwerk). What is distinctive in recent history is the creation of new spatial systems via digital and technological intercommunication across art forms. This common language is the base by which architecture and media arts dynamically connect spatial dimensions at a more fundamental structural level than was previously possible. Due to this connection, visual arts, music, and architecture go beyond the classical composition of the previously distinct, one might say, individualized artistic practices. In contemporary art and architecture, they shape a new species of spatial artwork, merging at a structural level a systematic information space to its form in a manner analogous, to some extent, to the biological process of morphogenesis.
Parallel connection to the consistent evolution of science, music, visual arts and architecture potentiates spaces that encourage a symbiotic relationship with the human body and mind. Independent of any canon, body and mind we are constantly being induced by space, both physically and mentally. Therefore, it is inevitably relevant to examine ways humans can interact with space—in this particular case, with mediated spaces—in order to understand different expression modalities.

Keywords: Art, Media Art, Music, Electronic Music, Soundscapes, Architecture, Biology, Bio-Art, New Media, Multimedia, Perception

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp.87-98. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 799.763KB).

Dr. Frederico Fialho Teixeira

Architect and Media Artist, Department of Media Arts and Technology, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Frederico Fialho Teixeira is an architect and media artist lecturing at Istanbul Technical University. Currently he is a researcher at University of California Santa Barbara, where he is an Awarded Fellow and PhD candidate at the Media Arts and Technology department, based in the California Nano Systems Institute. In addition he is also a member of the International Advisory Board for the Arkitekt Journal. A graduate in Architecture and Urbanism, he holds an MA in History of Architecture from the Faculty of Architecture University of Porto, and a March from the Design Research Lab at the Architectural Association School of Architecture. He worked for architects which include Zaha Hadid Architects and he is the co-founder of [f]Flat Architectures research group. Presently his studies fall into the area of Visual and Spatial Arts and focus in Biological Spatial Systems. In this field he explores structures with evolutionary spatial characteristics that embody multidimensional properties. Processes established through elemental modularity that carry multiple algorithmic strata. These spatial systems develop within ubiquitous ecologies instigating multiple appropriations both in physical and virtual realms.

Dr. Muge Belek Fialho Teixeira

Research Assistant, Department of Interior Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey

Born in 1978, Istanbul, Muge Belek is an architect and a Research Assistant at Istanbul Technical University (ITU). She holds a BSc. in architecture, a MSc. on “Collaborative Design Studio Environments” from ITU, and MArch from Architectural Association School of Architecture Design Research Laboratory. She has worked in several architectural firms, including Zaha Hadid Architects Ltd., in London, Istanbul and Brazil. She is currently continuing her PhD research on Trans-Architectural Acoustics, during which she worked for two years with Marcos Novak in University of California Santa Barbara, Translab. She has published articles and interviews, and presented in several international conferences and exhibitions. She has also been awarded in multiple competitions and events.Currently her studies fall into the area of Spatial Arts using techniques, such as Trans-acoustics, based in biological and evolutionary strata. In this field of research, [f]Flat explores systems with emergent spatial characteristics able to embody multidimensional properties. As are result their studies develop within ubiquitous ecologies instigating multiple behaviors - both physical and virtual - and functioning immanently towards the evolution of a multidimensional space.


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