Cultural Studies and Europe
Architecture and Scientific Structures
Scientific work is increasingly undertaken via the Internet these days.
But people sitting at a computer also need a place in which to set up their
equipment and furniture. Even "virtual universities" can't exist without
actual buildings. The physical edifices of scientific organisations reveal
quite a lot about opportunities, internal tensions and structures of scientific
work. Thus quite a few such buildings have a representative character.
The buildings signify importance and, not least, social position and power.
They reveal something of architectural modes. However they're seldom built
with any consideration given to the actual scientific work performed there.
The representative function is not uncommonly given priority when scientific
organisations present themselves via the Internet. In such cases
access to information is actually hindered by attempts to represent the
organisation by a photo of its building, because it takes so long to download
In the course of the exhibition the opportunity is given to reflect,
via selected examples, on science, representation, architecture, work flows
and the relation to the public.
You will find selected, annotated links in the Internet exhibition.
Research Institute for Austrian and International Literature and Cultural