Experiencing space: sensory encounters from Baroque Rome to neo-baroque Las Vegas

Experiencing space: sensory encounters from Baroque Rome to neo-baroque Las Vegas

The project examines how Las Vegas is emblematic of the return of baroque aesthetics that have been nurtured by consumer culture, multi-media conglomeration and digital technology. 

Fund

ARC Discovery Projects Scheme

Investigators

Angela Ndalianis (TMT)
Lisa Beaven (La Trobe University)

Experiencing space: sensory encounters from Baroque Rome to neo-baroque Las Vegas examines how Las Vegas is emblematic of the return of a baroque aesthetics that has been nurtured by consumer culture, multi-media conglomeration and digital technology. The project develops a new methodology for the study of baroque and neo-baroque cultures grounded in sensory and spatial approaches.

It examines how the metropolis as represented in the extreme by Las Vegas in the C21st gives new expression to the structural and formal qualities of the historical baroque, as represented by C17th Rome. The research has been funded by the ARC Discovery Projects Scheme, and Angela Ndalianis and Lisa Beaven (La Trobe University) are co-investigators. Outcomes have included article and book publications, presentations, and symposia.

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