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.
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. “A 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.”
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.
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
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.