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Sensi/able Spaces

Space, Art and the Environment Proceedings of the SPARTEN conference, Reykjavík, June 1st and 2nd, 2006

Editor(s): Edward H. Huijbens, Ólafur Páll Jónsson

Book Description

The book SENSI/ABLE SPACES focuses on the ways in which space, art and the environment interlace and interact, dealing with the perception and conception of spaces in the built as well as natural environment. The book brings together a wide range of academics, from the physical sciences, social sciences and humanities, as well as artists who have an interest in the way space is sensed, understood and reconfigured.

Spaces today are continually being reconstituted and reformulated in various ways, often relying on notions of what is sensible, narrowly defined by groups with an ideological agenda of some kind or vested economic interests. These sensible factors often obscure and ignore notions of the sensable-that which people perceive through the senses while being-in spaces.

Space is a topic equally of various academic fields, such as geography, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, physics, bilology, and many more. But space is also the subject of - or a frame for - any artist, whose work is neither academic, in any standard sense of the term, and yet heavily theoretical or speculative.


ISBN-13: 978-1-8471-8323-1
ISBN-10: 1-84718-323-9
Date of Publication: 01/10/2007
Pages / Size: 265 / A5
Price: £39.99


EDWARD H. HUIJBENS is currently the director of the Icelandic Tourism Research Centre. He studied physical geography at the University of Iceland and later cultural geography at Durham University in England, completing an M.A. in 2001 and Ph.D. in 2006. He is the author of articles in numerous scholarly journals in both Iceland and internationally and has previously edited Technology in Society/Society in Technology (2005, University of Iceland Press).

ÓLAFUR PÁLL JÓNSSON is lecturer in philosophy at the Iceland University of Education. He studied philosophy at the University of Calgary and at MIT before returning to Iceland. Ólafur Páll is an editor of Art, Ethics and Environment: A Free Inguiry into the Vulgarly Received Notion of Nature (2006, Cambridge Scholars Press) and Náttúra vald og verðmæti ('Nature, Power and Values' 2007, Icelandic Literary Society). He is also a member of the board of the Icelandic Nature Conservation Association.