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︎ A Circular 'Genealogy' of Computing


February 16, 2022


[A Circular 'Genealogy of Computing] takes a specific perspective to computing: coding not within the logic of von-Neumann, Frege or Russell but as symbolic computation along the algebraic schemes of Alonso Church. In architecture today this code can play the role of perspective drawing in the Renaissance: a new scale of space, a new mechanics, humanism, historicity and archeology around the question of the proportion of light and matter. This lecture mimics the gesture of Treatise writing initiated in architecture by Vitruvius and Alberti, uses simple words, stays abstract; thereby it interestingly achieves a calming of the agitated excitements around information technologies, without exclusion of concerns, through opening up a materialist optics upon them.

(Ludger Hovestadt)