ACTIVITIES:    2020 – 2022

From day one

we share sources and materials of our different research practices

and discuss intensively different approaches and theoretical backgrounds

in dealing with space.


The group is currently planning a joint book publication with keynote texts on spatial practices from the fields of media theory, linguistics, music, architecture and performance with intermediary chapters that are either being developed interdisciplinarily or will consist of interviews. For this purpose, we want to interview mainly practitioners from the context of SAR.


The group has held 16 meetings since the initial gathering.

Every meeting was dedicated to a subject from our current practices within the group.

Two mini-symposia with the group members were planned at ZKM, the Centre for Media Arts and Technology Karlsruhe and Greenwich University in London. Due to Corona and Brexit, both have been postponed.


Two academic seminars derived from the group:

Auditive and Visual Perception of Space in Virtual Environments
at the Department of Media Theory of the Technical University Berlin and at the Department of Architecture HCU Hamburg with Prof Günzel, Dr Thiering, and Dr Sharma


Lecture on The situation of space in contemporary media art environments at new Media Seminar, Aalto University Helsinki with PhD candidate Miltiadis and Dr Sharma.



Artists, researchers, and theorists investigating and working with space were invited to outline and share their specific approaches toward specific spatial practices. Over 70 individuals working as architects,  experience designers, lecturers and researchers, media artists and media technologists (VR/AR/XR), media theorists, visual artists, performers,

musicians, sound artists, and composers, are presented in this archive.

The Group's intention is to build a network of RC exhibitions on spatial practices within the Research Catalogue and to provide an index of the different spatial concepts at work and in use within SAR linking all kinds of space-related activities.

12th International Conference in Artistic Research Vienna hosted by mdw:Gerriet K. Sharma reported on the development of the SIG.

Beyond the Visual – a research curriculum for explorations in spatiotemporal environments was accepted for the summer volume of JAR 2021. Beyond the Visual tries to foster interdisciplinary spatial exploration for young architects.


Exhibition of an artistic research project with vacant buildings at Errant Sound Berlin – curated by Janine Eisenächer – supported by the SIG – archived on the RC.



The group started to work on practical models in small joint projects (VR, 3D audio, lecture performances, publications, concerts etc.) that exemplify the ideas and assumptions originating from the mutual exchange. The aim is to foster a heightened awareness of the production of spaces and their means. By this, the alternative use of the respective production tools and procedures as spatial practices might lead to an alternative perception of the field.

Dr Gerrriet K. Sharma and Dr Martin Thiering are presenting at the 13th SAR International Conference on Artistic Research at the Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany.

The presentation introduces the SIG Spatial Aesthetics and Artificial Environments and its objectives, followed by examples of members’ work or collaborations within the SIG and an open invitation to and discussion of future subjects and activities, collaborations and practical SIG structures.