Space Realized: Philosophy, Technology and Understanding Through Visual Art

Dr. Rebecca Lynne Brooks
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From the cave paintings of prehistory to the contrapposto poses of Greek sculpture to the development of linear and aerial perspective in the 15th century, visual artists have been instrumental in the evolution and use of technology for the understanding and visualization of space. An even greater contribution may be the generation of a philosophical outlook about space and visual perception with consequences still being experienced in the 21st century. Linear perspective and the technology that enhanced it changed the ego/space relationship in a fundamental way, not only codifying it, but making it a cornerstone of all that was rational and orderly. Linear perspective even challenged the very symbolic function of art. The significance of spatial visualization created by perspective was not lost on scientists, especially the astronomers of the 16 and 17 centuries such as Galileo and Kepler.

Keywords: Space, Art, Linear Perspective, Visual technology
Stream: Knowledge and Technology
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Rebecca Lynne Brooks

Professor, Department of Art and Art History, University of Texas

After receiving a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialty in higher education, Dr Brooks taught art in the public schools for 7 years. In 1976 she accepted a position at the University of Texas at Austin as a faculty member in art education and Coordinator of Student Field Experiences in Art. She has been the recipient of two Foxworth Fellowships from the College of Fine Arts and in 1990 received the Texas Art Education Association's Art Educator of the Year Award for Higher Education and in 1991 the National Art Education Association's Art Educator of the Year, Western Division. Dr Brooks is the author of 5 textbooks on art and interdisciplinary studies for elementary and middle school students. In addition, she has presented numerous invited papers and workshops throughout the United States. Her research focus continues to be the development and implementation of interdisciplinary curricula.

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