All About Implied Spaces

Spanish River Inn Exterior 2Mt


Once there was an official blog for the Spanish River Inn. It grew out of a blog post I had done about the restaurant . For a myriad of reasons the blog ended up just sitting and taking up space on the internet. It no longer depicted up to the minute reality of the establishment: it had morphed into a historical artifact.



In an attempt to save content I tried to rename the address and archive the blog. I fell into an implied space and discovered I had to create a fresh blog. ( The Friday 13th effect in action , no doubt.)



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


Down the street surreal.


In two dimensional artwork space is implied through a constructed reality of perspective and scale. It is framed and what is beyond the frame is implied. The viewer must infer the meaning from contextual clues. 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.




My son, a young artist ( Art of Alex S. Kanski ), has pointed out to me that when designing 3D models for computer games and graphics that while creating the visible parts of the figure you will end up with some odd configurations that were not intended to be seen.



In terms of architecture, implied space is an extension of the concept of a squinch. β€œA squinch in architecture is a construction filling in the upper angles of a square room so as to form a base to receive an octagonal or spherical dome. Another solution of this structural problem was provided by the pendentive.”


into the light


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.



In the area of Mass Media, the uses of Mass Media often exceed the inventor’s intention. The early printers/publishers, such as William Caxton, could not have envisioned , newspapers, pulp magazine heroes, comic-books, the playboy centre-fold, Life Magazine or the arrival of the e-book. In similar fashion, those who initiated the internet for purely academic and/or military purposes could not envision Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, blogs or companies like Google or Amazon. The potential of a Mass Medium is implied space waiting to be occupied by those who can put it to use.


Whale Pods


This blog will explore Implied Spaces in a variety of ways. It will include visuals that I have created, observational pieces, and on occasion I will re-blog a post or point you in the direction of a blog or article that can be understood as part of Implied Space.



Note: My Main blog is Dark Pines Photography


My other blog is Dark Pines Media Literacy


Through the Looking glass


Walter Jon Williams’ science fiction novel Implied Spaces is an adventure mystery tale set in the distant future. As the novel’s title suggests, the situation the protagonist faces is a consequence of highly advanced technology generating implied social and metaphysical spaces. During an action packed romp, it raises questions about identity on both a social and metaphysical level.

67 thoughts on “All About Implied Spaces

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  2. elmediat

    Many thanks George. We will see where this goes. The blog definitely has its own character. At this point I am not sure if the three are different genres or if it is more metaphorical difference. Perhaps they are different musical instruments, violin, viola and balalaika. πŸ˜€

      1. elmediat

        Thanks for visiting. Much appreciated. Since starting this blog, my interest in implied spaces has turned to deconstructed text & mass media, especially in he form of collage & asemic writing. I still include other forms of photography compositions, multi-media, poetry & fiction.

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  4. nannus

    I like the example with the spider in the corner. Reality always has more properties than our theories about it. In one article, I have called the unintended and undescribed rest the “residuum”. We ourselves have more properties than our theories about our cogitive processes describe, in other words, we are creative. The spider in the corner is part of the residuum crawling in. When buildings are abandoned and decay, the residuum takes over. The systems as described and intended are incomplete descriptions of the objects emulated by a much richer reality.

    1. elmediat

      Our failure to acknowledge the implied spaces in our physical and social designs creates all sorts of problems. As you point out the abandoned buildings acquire their own purpose, rejected ideas and phenomena take on a life of their own outside of the expectations & assumptions of a belief system or a set of theories .

      Thanks for dropping by & commenting. πŸ™‚

  5. I am immensely grateful your comment (and likes) on my blogs led me here. I had never heard of implied spaces and before reading this, it already had a subtle yet fascinating pull on me. I see now why, spaces is what interests me, it’s to me, in the spaces and in the spaces in-between a big part of life takes place… the part that fascinates me the most, I think. Now, on my way to explore your blog.

    1. elmediat

      Many thanks for dropping by and exploring the blog. So glad the concept connected with you. It can be seen in so many aspects of society, culture and the physical & psychological environments. πŸ™‚

  6. Thank you for your comment on my blog recently. I came by to see what yours is about. It looks interesting! Just one thing though that might help…I notice you have a lot of tags and categories. WP has this stupid rule that if you have more than 15 tags+categories, your blog will not appear in the reader stream for blogs that are followed. For instance if I follow you, I will never see your blog in my stream. So if you want more regular followers, my suggestion is to reduce the categories+tags <= 15. Just thought you should know! Hope to see you in my stream sometime. πŸ™‚

    1. elmediat

      Thanks very much. I just recently became aware of the issue with the Reader, though I was not aware of how it would effect followers. I am trying to keep the tags under 15. I was actually considering doing a post on the tags issue; it is another example of an implied space. The tags do not differentiate form from content or types. If one composes a complex media piece that overlaps a number of forms and then also interconnects several different subjects you hit the magic number.

      1. elmediat

        Most welcome & thanks for dropping by here. My background started in teaching at the secondary level – English, Reading Literacy & Special Education. When you have Sp. Ed. it pretty much means they figure you can teach a range of subjects to any mix of Sp. Ed. students. This means you either burn up or become very flexible instructional approaches. Along with a full range of levels & grades of English classes, I ended up doing Mass Media studies, which was under the English Dept.. I and several other teachers created the thing whole cloth – when the Harris conservatives turned Mass Media into an optional course ( designated open no level), I ended up being the Mass Media teacher/expert on staff ( one class).

        In the process, I had to familiarize myself with mass media art forms and techniques – optional courses often end up with students stuck there to fill timetables, and many did not have much computer background. by time I retired, I had acquired a range of skills and adaptive approach to communicating ideas. Having a wife who is a Art & Drama teacher with lots of experience with Sp. Ed. students is a great help. πŸ™‚

        So the multimedia thing is a slow on going development. I looked around and here I am. πŸ˜€

  7. You have some fine and interesting work here. Inspirational actually. Unusual for the internet these days when so much time and effort is needed to dig beneath the piles of . . . (I was about to say “rubbish” but then realised it’s probably not politically correct. Instead of RUBBISH, let me say UNCHALLENGING OUTPOURING.)


    1. elmediat

      Thanks very much for your very kind assessment of my efforts. As to the outpourings, one of the (many) things that got me as a Media Literacy teacher was how we were moving into a culture of visual & multimedia. The technology was accessible to everyone, but there was little attempt to instruct the young people about the codes & conventions of the medium, both for interpretation/understanding the messages and for production & creation of compositions. It was as if we said, “well, you know how to write go compose an essay or a poem” with no instructions or role modelling. As a consequence we have lots of people posting “quick snapshots” with no knowledge of how to compose a “photograph”.

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  9. Interesting…looking forward to more. I have just returned to college to do an performance and visual art degree and my brain is being dusted off and made grapple with concepts I had not considered or concepts I had never articulated and I think this blog may speak to my new neurons πŸ™‚

    1. elmediat

      Now that I am retired from teaching, this blog is where I try and connect all the creative & off the wall ideas about society and communication ( language, art & mass media ). πŸ˜€

      The mass media blog, Dark Pines Media has resources and observations on Mass Media trends.

      Hope some of the posts are helpful in some way – or at least entertaining. πŸ™‚

  10. wjacobr

    I love this–I’m all about Implied Space: in my visual art, poetry, my recently released novel — which will go unnamed… hiding in implied space! (not gonna spam you!). Isn’t that where dreams take place?

    1. elmediat

      Thanks. Glad you find the concept & blog of interest. I re-blogged one of your posts on my Media Literacy blog. πŸ™‚ It was a good observation on how the Figure Drawings contained values & beliefs.

      The implied messages of a medium shape the receiver because they are layered within, often unconsciously by the sender.

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    1. elmediat

      Thanks very much Marlyn. This blog is a bit out there in terms of topics & style of presentation, so I did not anticipate many would come by and visit regularly. πŸ™‚

  12. ggmissm

    Not knowing is often more important than knowing…your blog will create its own rhythm and we’ll be dancing to the beat. Can’t wait…And thanks for stopping by JazzCookie. We’re all in it together.
    Be well,

    1. elmediat

      Many thanks for dropping by. Very much appreciated. Some of my posts are tagged with music, so far two are also tagged with jazz. πŸ™‚

  13. Very interesting. As soon as I saw the term “implied spaces,” I thought of Walter Williams’ novel, and was pleased to see that you were thinking of it too.

  14. wow. an absolutely fantastic concept and expression of independent thought. thanks for checking out my blog so that I could in turn be lead here. i look forward to more of your insight and expressions.

    1. elmediat

      Most welcome. May your journey take you to more wonders – and keep us posted. Alaska must be an expansive experience. πŸ™‚

  15. I love your creativity. I look at your blog, every posting, but I don’t always have time to comment … such is life. Anyway, today I must tell you how much I love your “Cat Connection”. Molly the Cat, my social media specialist, is very integral in all my design work, especially my newsletters for I have a quick question. Is the cat in the first picture a thermal imaging? That’s what it looks like to me. I have a background with DoD. Regardless, I love it and tweeted it all my followers. Thanks for much for sharing your unique brilliance!

    1. elmediat

      Thanks very much for your support and comments. I used an effect from Cybia plugins –
      It was part of the Works a set of free plugins. The particular one I used creates an Artistic layer ( a cross between 1960s poster art , block print and thermal outline ) I then added a layer outline using a modified Veins from Flaming Pear. I tend to combine effects from different software to create a unique blend. Thanks again. πŸ™‚

      For a further detailed list of Media resources see my page on Dark Pines Photo.

      1. Thank you so much for your explanation, “elmediat”. Yes, I was sure you used some thermal imaging, but incredibly so much more! I noticed the spinal column immediately. Thank you for sending me your other blog. I’m very intrigued by what you do. If you are a reader, I hope you will check out my fiction and poetry on and my books on amazon. Thanks again. How exciting!

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  17. Wonderful to read about such an interesting subject in detail as you’ve described it.. really adds up to the work you showcase here. It’s creative, weird and beautiful as it can’t be defined by the ordinary.. really like that aspect of our work.
    Kind regards, Pieter

    1. elmediat

      Many thanks for your support. Very much appreciated. πŸ™‚
      You feature such wonderful compositions, did not expect to be included with your work.

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  20. Fascinating food for thought piece. As I read your post, Tolkien’s Silmarillion came to mind as an example of implied space in literature. Not intended to be seen, but rather a context for other stories. Thank you for sharing your insight!

    1. elmediat

      Thanks for commenting. The Silmarillion is an intriguing contextual creation, the unseen historical sacred text of an imagined world. It certainly functions within the implied space of the Rings.

  21. bcelasun

    The notion of Implied Space seems to have something in common with the subject of Emergence that is due mostly to their unenvisioned nature.

    1. elmediat

      Yes, something new or unexpected arises out of a new environment. The COVID-19 pandemic has created new norms & content in mass media. VOD overtakes theatre. Drive-in concerts & church services become alternatives. More people are purchasing natural Christmas trees because of Covid-19.

  22. Am…Am I in the Twilight Zone? Cuz as I started to read the above and try to process all of it, I felt like a Mulder a few Scullys short of an X-File. I think you broke my metaphor chip. Nope. It’s still working. But, something is lost in translation.

    1. elmediat

      πŸ˜€ Since starting the blog, my interest in implied spaces has moved to mostly concentrate on deconstructed text/images and asemic writing/art. My process has been to create loose collages on the scanner bed. They can be rearranged and then digitally modified. My interest in asemic writing grew out of my daughter’s writing, which has an asemic quality. Tasha is a Downs person.

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