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Synthesis and Nullification

Works 1991–2011

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  • First monograph on Sonvilla-Weiss‘ work
  • Contains 20 Years of work as an multimedia artist, writer and theorist
  • Lavishly illustrated
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About this book

Synthesis and Nullification is the first retrospective covering the career of Stefan Sonvilla-Weiss as a visual artist, graphic designer, multimedia developer, writer, researcher, educator and visionary conceptualist.

Synthesis and Nullification is used here metaphorically, as it stands for a complex and wide ranging theoretical and practical exploration in visual culture.

The book is divided into four main chapters, which bundle in chronological order artwork, concept visualizations, installations, photographs and multimedia work. It contains numerous previously unpublished texts and artwork from the last two decades, allowing discovery of a whole universe of textual and visual material.

Written for media scholars, media artists, designers, art historians, communication experts and curators.


Table of contents (4 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Aalto University Helsinki, Finland

    Stefan Sonvilla-Weiss

About the author

Stefan Sonvilla-Weiss, PhD, is Professor of communication and education technologies in Visual Culture and study programme director of ePedagogy Design – Visual Knowledge Building at Aalto University / School of Art and Design Helsinki.

He coined the term Visual Knowledge Building, referring to “a visualization process of interconnected models of distributed socio-cultural encoded data representations and simulations that are structured and contextualized by a learning community.”

In his research he tries to find answers to how real and virtual space interactions can generate novel forms of communicative, creative and social practices in global connected communities.

The last 20 years he worked as art and design teacher, media artist, graphic designer, author, multimedia-developer and university teacher. He is also serving as expert advisor and reviewer for a number of scientific and research bodies, including the European Commission and he has received several honors and scholarships.

His international activities as speaker, lecturer, invited scholar and researcher brought him to many institutions around the world, for example Oxford University–Internet Institute, Seoul National University–Design Talks, National Institute of Multimedia Education Tokyo, University of the Arts London, K.U. Leuven, University Hamburg, Bilgi University Istanbul, San Francisco de Quito University.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Synthesis and Nullification

  • Book Subtitle: Works 1991–2011

  • Authors: Stefan Sonvilla-Weiss

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Vienna

  • Copyright Information: Springer-Verlag/Wien 2012

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: 203

  • Topics: Architecture, general, Arts

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