In September 2014 the Valletta International Visual Arts Festival, VIVA, was held in Malta for the first time. This festival is the first of its sort in the archipelago. Contemporary Visual Art is seen by the majority of people living in big cities as a daily life factor, since this is made available via architecture, public sculptures and media in general.
Based on World Mountains, the major forces towards an increased functionalization are examined, with a special emphasis on the city. The original conceptions of urban life as a major constituent of a conditio humana are compared with these forces, and their impact on our self-understanding and changed spatial conceptions are discussed, centering upon the ideas of virtuality and grids.