Synthesis and Nullification


synthesis_web1Sonvilla-Weiss Stefan
Synthesis & Nullification.  Works 1991 – 2011
Publisher: Springer Wien / New York ISBN: 978-3-7091-1028-7
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About this book:
This book is the first retrospective covering the career of Stefan Sonvilla-Weiss as a visual artist, graphic designer, multimedia developer, writer, researcher, educator and visionary conceptualist spanning a period of twenty years, from the early 1990s up to the present. Synthesis and Nullification is used here metaphorically, as it stands for a complex and wide ranging theoretical and practical exploration in visual culture, its quest for experimental probing and application perpetuating a state of permanent flux in the work of Sonvilla-Weiss.
At the center of his work lie the multi-layered and multi-faceted social, technical and aesthetic aspects in participatory media culture, along with its diverse modes and concepts of presentation and representation. In order to better understand these processes as evolving media literacy, which is highly context-based and reliant on networked communication skills and techniques, Sonvilla-Weiss developed the concept of visual knowledge building, a framework for continuing research. Synthesis and Nullification is divided into four main chapters, which bundle in chronological order artwork, concept visualizations, installations, photographs and multimedia work. This volume contains numerous previously unpublished texts and artwork from the last two decades, allowing discovery of a whole universe of textual and visual material.
Synthesis and Nullification is written for media scholars, students, artists, cultural workers, art educators, designers, media artists, art historians, communication experts, curators and interested laypersons.
Peter Weibel about this book, “Congratulations: excellent design, texts and art works – and very inspiring!”