Computer-generated simulations, virtual realities, networked digital platforms – from
cyberspace to metaverse – are no longer fictitious locations found in science-fiction literature.
Their significance and role is almost on a par with real spaces. Information technology has given
rise to immaterial spheres that have become legitimate, parallel dimensions of our perception,
experience, knowledge, communication and ourselves, where the real and the virtual are no
longer antithetical opposites. For this reason, we must re-examine our three-dimensional
conception of space.
The goal of the Spatial Affairs exhibition is to analyse the relationship and mutual dependence
of physical and digital presence through works of conceptual and contemporary art as well as
manifestos. The presented positions from before and after the emergence of computer
technology share a common trait regardless of their medium: they all examine the
development and social impact of science and technology through the notion of space, thereby
pointing out the co-dependency between the tangible real and the intangible digital.
The Spatial Affairs exhibition endeavours to reassess certain widely accepted but not
necessarily valid ideas regarding space. Instead of exploring the differences between the
conceptions of space in any type of transcendental idealism and materialism, the following
question is posed: do computer technology and computer-generated spaces influence our
conventional knowledge of space, and if yes, how?
The representation of space, which is inherently invisible, is a complex task, whether
approached as absolute, relative, real or virtual space. Spatial Affair exposes modernist
conceptions of space and their non-modern reflections – as such, it necessarily explores the
possibilities offered by information technology.