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Perspective

The Perspective Unit began formally as part of the McLuhan Program at the University of Toronto (1990).

The Unit then became part of the Maastricht McLuhan Institute (1998-2004). The unit collects materials on the history, theory and applications of perspective, projection methods and spatial concepts. It uses electronic media to explore new approaches to knowledge and education. It houses a standard database with definitions, bibliography (15,000 titles), slide collection (c.12,000 images), microfilms (150), videos and books.

Perspective involves time as well as space. Because it is integrally connected with both the rise of narrative and literacy, perspective offers important insights into the interdependence of western literature and art. Alternative methods in non-Western cultures (aspective, inverted perspective, axial perspective, parallel perspective) are also studied. Because it transforms depicted and real spaces, perspective demonstrates how construction and representation of the man-made world change the world of nature; how mastery of key spatial elements transforms the very concept of environment. Technical applications range from art, mathematics, cartography and astronomy to recent developments in holography, stereoscopy and virtual reality. Metaphorical applications include literature, philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, sociology and anthropology.

A basic goal is to use electronic media to gather what is known on perspective in the form of a knowledge package which serves as a prototype for new approaches to knowledge in other fields. The System for Universal Media Searching (SUMS © 1992-2004) demo combines the format of a traditional book with databases for new multidimensional access to knowledge and information on perspective.

Bibliography:

1975 - 1995 Bibliography of the Sources and Literature of Perspective (SUMS demo)

Books:

1990 Geometric Games. A Brief History of the not so Regular Solids new
Sources of Perspective
Literature on Perspective

Articles and Reviews

11.10.2006
2006 Perspective, Space, Time, Line and Number
01.12.2003
2003 Paradoxes of Perspective Ideal and Real Cities
02.12.2001
Abstract: Citta ideale e citta reale: I paradossi della prospettiva
01.12.2001
2001 La ricostruzione storica della citta
01.12.1996
1996 Piero della Francesca and Two Methods of Renaissance Perspective
02.12.1995
1995 Electronic Media in the Study of Alberti
02.12.1995
German version - Electronic Media, Rebirth of Perspective and Fragmentation
01.12.1995
1995 Electronic Media, Rebirth of Perspective and Fragmentation
02.12.1994
English Version - Percezione, prospettiva e rappresentazione nell
01.12.1994
1994 Percezione, prospettiva e rappresentazione nell America Settentrionale
03.12.1993
1993 Narrative, Perspective and the Orders of the Church
02.12.1993
1993 Computers and Renaissance Perspective
01.12.1993
1993 Developments in Perspective
02.12.1992
1992 Space, Time and Perspective in Print Culture and Electronic Media
01.12.1992
1992 Perspective and the Scope of Optics
01.12.1991
1991 Review Kemp Perspective Science and Art
03.12.1988
1988 Perspective Courses
02.12.1988
1988 Review Kubovy Psychology of Perspective
01.12.1988
1988 Review Ruurs Saenredam
02.12.1986
1986 Perspective, Anamorphosis and Vision
01.12.1986
1986 Literature on Perspective
01.12.1984
1984 Review Alpers Art of Describing
02.12.1982
Italian Version - Visualisation and Perspective
01.12.1982
1982 Visualisation and Perspective
01.12.1981
1981 Review Kemp Leonardo da Vinci The Marvellous Works
04.12.1980
1980 Review Bek Towards Paradise on Earth
03.12.1980
1980 Ptolemy and the Origins of Linear Perspective
02.12.1980
1980 Problem der Perspektive
01.12.1980
1980 Perspective of Panofsky A Half Century Later
02.12.1979
1979 Review Wheelock Perspective, Optics and Delft Artists
01.12.1979
1979 Military Surveying and Perspective
02.12.1977
1977 Review Edgerton Renaissance Rediscovery of Linear Perspective
01.12.1977
1977 Review Lindberg Theories of Vision
01.12.1975
1975 Perspective Institute