Reading Between the Lines: Quick Notes

Implied Spaces is a term that derives from art and architecture. It has since expanded into the area of 3D modelling. The concept has implications for Mass Media, literature, sociology and other cultural studies.

When dealing with three-dimensional artwork, such as sculptures and installations, the viewer must consider the space as an extension of the piece. It becomes the conduit that connects the viewer to the artwork. The relationship between the two exists in implied space.


Reading Between the Lines, artistic see-through church in Borgloon created by the Belgian architects Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh.


From this grows the notion of creation of space in the process of construction. Consider the upper corner of the room, it is the consequence of constructing the room. The builders and future occupants are concerned with the intended purpose of the room ( the room’s acknowledged space).



Once the room is completed and put into use, a spider takes up residence in one of the upper corners of the room. It constructs its web in this space. This was not the intended purpose of the corner from the point of view of the designers, builders, or occupants. The upper corners are just implied spaces that are a consequence of creating the room. That does not stop the space from being used by the spider.


The potential of a Mass Medium is implied space waiting to be occupied by those who can put it to use.


Notes quickly scatter –

corners cut  preconceptions,

implied spaces fill.


10 thoughts on “Reading Between the Lines: Quick Notes

    1. Many thanks. Some of the text comes from the About page, where I go into a bit more detail on some of aspects for this concept.

    1. It is an interesting analogy. When applied to Mass Media or societal structure, you see things in a very different context. Those university & military folks who first came up with internet never imaged blogs, Twitter, YouTube, or Snapchat . 😀

  1. Similar concepts I think apply to the use of silence in music (especially so-called art music, where my interests mostly lie). Properly applied, moments of silence literally speak volumes; far from being an absence of sound, the pauses or silence give the preceding notes and chords an added dimension, even significance, drawing attention to contexts in unique ways. Silence is truly an implied space in the midst of music.

    1. Yes, that is an excellent example. It also relates to negative & positive space in photographic composition. 🙂

      BTW Walter Jon Williams’ science fiction novel Implied Spaces uses the concept of Implied Space in terms of a society and technology where the creation of pocket universes & memory/self transfers exist.

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