Wednesday, March 18th | 4–6pm | Room 5307
Following a public presentation on March 17th, please join us for a seminar / atlas session with A.S. Bruckstein Çoruh, thinker, writer, curator, architect of the House of Taswir and the Taswir Atlas.
In this seminar we are exploring the Taswir atlas, a digital instrument whose algorithm is apt to associate and dissociate freely among objects, images, sounds, texts, and other things imaginable, free from geo-political and other essentialist boundaries. The matrix underlying the algorithmic order of the TASWIR atlas is modeled after 10th to 13th century Arabic and Judeo-Arabic theories of “relative attributes”, advocating the indeterminacy and relativity of human knowledge concerning the divine subject. What the TASWIR atlas does, as Jewish and Islamic traditions have done before, is to substitute material objects for the divine subject, to “bend” its attributes towards the materiality of the object. What emanates from the correspondences emerging from the matrix of attributes is a variable cartography, an arrangement of objects which suggests an open ended associative process of a non-linear order.
During the time of the seminar we are going to explore the dynamics of the Taswir atlas in various personal constellations. Ideally, every participant of the seminar will be able to imagine, and realize his or her own atlas.
The research of the Taswir Institute is supported by the Udo Keller Foundation Forum Humanum.
Seminar / Atlas Session — How to Build an Altas of the House?: Experimenting with Epistemic Architecture(s)
Date: March 18, 2015
Time: 12:00 am
Location: Room 5307
Address: 365 Fifth Avenue, New York 10016 (View Map)