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C4P: Dominic Riemenschneider-Using Gothic Styles to Visualise Evil in Architecture

Luna's third Call for Papers, A Shadow Within: Evil in Fantasy and Science Fiction will be released on Wednesday the 14th of August, at Dublin Worldcon. Explore the 21 brilliant papers you will find in the book.

Today, we would like to introduce you to Dominic Riemenschneider (Germany), Magister Artium, self-funded PhD candidate in Art History at Mainz University. Independent scholar with a focus on the visual Fantastic and its roots in art & architecture.

Presenting the paper: “From Light to Dark – Using Gothic Styles to Visualise Evil in Architecture”.

Dominic says:

"There are different reasons, strategies and forms for how the Gothic style, as a broad definition, is used within Fantasy storytelling.

This article will discuss representations of the Gothic within the visual modern Fantastic to visualise and characterise evil settings from an art-historical point of view. Using examples from a variety of media, the primary focus will be the connection between the architectural style begun during the Middle Ages in Europe and the ensuing views of the style by Romanticism and Historicism as well as its influences on the imagery of modern Fantasy and Science Fiction. Furthermore, strategies behind the presentation of the architectural elements will be discussed.

The examples to be discussed were chosen with the criteria of being built by an evil force or villain or to create an ‘atmosphere of evil’. The other main consideration was that the architectural settings should feature obvious Gothic style motifs with a connection to an evil force."

Dominic Riemenschneider is an Art Historian with a Magister Artium degree, a self-funded Ph.D. candidate at the University of Mainz and an independent scholar living in Berlin. His work and research are focussed on the connection between the Fantastic, its imagery and the roots in actual art & architecture, history and society. The strategies of visualization but also the reasons and ways of reception are his main interest. In Art History Fantastics he bundled all his ideas, projects and publications.

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