Category Archives: culture

On Archiving Everything: Borges, Calvino, Google

This piece was cross-posted on, the European counterpart to the French investigative reporting and data journalism outfit Today Google marks the 112th birthday of Jorge Luis Borges with this colourful sketch.

Also posted in borges, literature, technology, wittgenstein | Comments closed

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. […]

Also posted in architecture, art, events, exhibitions, history, literature | Tagged , , , , , | Comments closed

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 […]

Also posted in events, leibniz, openknowledge | Comments closed

Interview with Peter McElligott of Berkeley Tool Library

Pete McElligott was instrumental in setting up the Tool Lending Library at Berkeley Public Library. The Tool Lending Library is one of the oldest and most popular services of its kind – offering thousands of tools to local residents – from pipe cutters to carpet knee kickers, from lawn mowers to demolition hammers. I spoke […]

Posted in culture | Comments closed