The Gesamtkunstwerk as Synergy of the Arts

Edited by Massimo Fusillo and Marina Grishakova

The first CLAM publication on the Gesamtkunstwerk, which comes out of a Workshop held at 2016 Vienna ICLA Congress, just appeared by Peter Lang, edited by Massimo Fusillo and Marina Grishakowa, with a Postface by Matthew Wilson Smith (University of Stanford).

The book reconceives the “total work of art” as a variation of intermediality, a practice that subverts any essentialist vision of artistic languages through complex interplay and blending of perceptions, amplified by new media and the syncretic nature of the cyberspace. It aims at revealing the vitality of modern and contemporary Gesamtkunstwerk by mapping its presence in various arts and media.