The Virtual Space Theory

The Virtual Space Theory is a body of principles proposing a consistent and systematic understanding of the idea of virtual space, particularly with respect to its uses and occurrences in visual media, art, and architecture.

The Virtual Space Theory was developed by Dr. Or Ettlinger, and constitutes the theoretical core of his book The Architecture of Virtual Space.

The VST in a nutshell…

The Book

The Architecture of Virtual Space combines two distinct studies which proved to be complementary: a theoretical analysis of the elusive idea of virtual space, and a detailed study of works of pictorial art that are rich in architectural content.

This book proposes a theoretical model for defining virtual space itself, in a lucid, down-to-earth, and systematic manner. This model is presented through historical examples of architectural projects that were designed, planned, and intended from their outset to be part of an image, while generating its visible space.

Thus, it links the abstract idea of virtual space to the tangible experience of space that is available through pictorial images, whatever their medium may be.

More about the book…

The Author

Or Ettlinger, Ph.D. Arch., is a visual artist, Assistant Professor, and senior researcher of media theory and virtual architecture at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His exploration of virtual architecture and virtual space has spanned both formal education and professional experience across the multiple disciplines from which these emerging fields derive. This fifteen-year journey has ranged from architecture to computer science, from product design to information design, from classical drawing to digital imaging, and from art history to media theory.