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Architectural Literature, Literary Architecture

A few years ago an architect friend and I used to fantasise about building and animating a model of a small but representative section of Borges’s “Library of Babel”. We wanted to incorporate the animation into a short film with a reading of Borges’s story, complete with lots of digitally-assisted indefinite zooming through the model. […]

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Ars Combinatoria at Transmediale

Today I co-ran a session called Ars Combinatoria at Transmediale. From the blurb: As a young man the philosopher and mathematician Gottfried Leibniz was interested in creating an ‘art of combinations’, which would allow people to create interesting new inventions from a set of basic elements. The ‘Ars Combinatoria’ project is about creating new works […]

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Leibniz’s Funny Thought

Last night I went to the 25th annual Long Night of Museums in Berlin, where over 125 museums, galleries and archives are open until the early hours of the morning for live music, films and talks.

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The Construction of Immateriality

The International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property (ISHTIP) was launched last year at the conference for copyrighthistory.org, a digital archive of primary sources on copyright. In addition to the history of copyright, patents and other rights, the society aims to examine: […] the diverse “roads not taken” in the evolution of […]

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The Magus in New York

Johann George Hamann, “the Magus of the North”, was a minor civil servant working in tax administration, a Lutheran pietist, prolific lettrist, and polyglot. He is best known for his short, rhapsodic, densely allusive and often pseudonymous dispatches – on everything from erotic love to the importance of the letter ‘h’ – and for his […]

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