Representing Pasts – Visioning Futures

Event Date: December 1-3, 2022
Abstract Date: October 20, 2022
A virtual conference at the intersection of History, Art, Design, Architecture and Film
Queen’s University Belfast | Cape Peninsula University of Technology | National University of Singapore


One century ago the City Symphony was at the cutting edge of visual representation. It was the site of some of the most challenging concepts and ideas the art world had ever seen. Its ruptures in spatiotemporal representation were seen as natural extensions of the avant-garde: cubist painting in the mode of Braque, the architectural visions of Vladimir Tatlin, the spatio-sculptural works of Aleksandr Rodchenko, the photography of Moholy-Nagy and later Florence Henri, to name but a few.

The intervening 100 years have seen periodic reengagements with spatial reframing in these media. They have also witnessed the emergence of new modes of representation in the worlds of art, design, heritage, cultural studies and the social sciences more broadly. Today, artists, architects, painters, sculptors and designers from various fields can work seamlessly across a plethora of fields: video, digital photography, 3D printing, parametric architecture, algorithmic animation, projection mapping, photogrammetry, virtual reality, and more.

If we look specifically at spatial design, virtual reality is increasingly seen as ‘everyday’ for architects and urban designers. For artists, ‘the digital’ is now a typical mode of operation. If we consider film, algorithmic video editing, motion capture and image digitization are now all ‘run of the mill’ technologies. In museology, the experiential interactive installation accompanies static exhibitions. Indeed, the moving image, both analogue and digital, is now a standard area of historical study in itself – the city symphony included.

Taking the City Symphony, and its historic moment in time as a starting point, this conference seeks to explore of the past, present and future of how we visualise people, places, cities and life. It welcomes insights into the history of painting from a spatiotemporal standpoint; the influence and evolution of the photographic representation of place; the role of sculpture in exploring and integrating space. It invites filmmakers exploring city representation, architects, urban planners and designers engaged in the visualisation of buildings, cities…. and more.

Its welcomes contributions from across disciplines and its strands will be formed around contributions. Several themes are set in advance, including the areas of research interest to the partner institutions:

Queen’s University Belfast – Lived Space, Past and Present | Cape Peninsula University of Technology – Representing Space, Place, and Liminality | National University of Singapore – The Screen as Surface, Site and Space

Image: Stokpic


  • Art
  • Design
  • Architecture
  • Art History
  • Film Studies
  • Urban Design
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • History
  • Media
  • Communications
  • Digital Art
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Education

Key Dates

Abstracts (Round 2)
20 October 2022
15 November 2022
01-03 December 2022
Full Paper Submissions
20 February 2023
Full Paper Resubmissions
30 May 2023
15 September 2023


Queen's University Belfast, UK
Lived Space, Past and Present
Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Representing Space, Place, and Liminality
National University of Singapore
The Screen as Surface, Site and Space
Art History - Concepts and Media of Visualisation
The Moving and the Static - Dialogues between Film, Photography, Painting and Sculpture


Zoom: We welcome live presentations via Zoom. 

Pre-recorded:  Pre-recorded presentations or films will be available permanently on the AMPS Academic YouTube channel.

Lightning Talks: For delegates wishing to offer shorter presentations of their work. Subject to the level of interest.

Written papers: In all cases, delegates can present full written papers for inclusion in all associated conference publications.

Zoom: (15-20 mins)
Pre-recorded video: (15-20 mins)
Lightning talk: (5-6 mins)
Written papers: (3000 words)



The publishers that AMPS works with include UCL Press, Routledge Taylor & Francis, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Vernon Press, Libri Publishing and Intellect Books.


Conference outputs include the AMPS Proceedings Series, ISSN 2398-9467; Special Issue Publications of the academic journal Architecture_MPS ISSN 2020-9006; Books from this event will be developed by Intellect Books, with short films available on the AMPS Academic YouTube Channel.


Written papers are optional.  If submitted they should be 3,000 word length. Formatting instructions to follow after the conference. All papers are double- blind peer reviewed for the AMPS Conference Proceedings Series. Subject to review, selected authors will be invited to develop longer versions as articles in the academic journal Architecture_MPS or in specially produced conference books.



Submissions & Registration:

Registration Delegate Fee: $395 USD  |  Audience Fee: $195 USD                                                                                                        Queries:


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