Reviving the Archive Fever? The Digital Arcades

What is to be gained in digitizing Benjamin’s arcades? On the one hand, placing the Arcades in a digital medium increases access and allows reader the ability to construct their reading. Presented in visual display on the computer screen, the

Reviving the Archive Fever? The Digital Arcades

What is to be gained in digitizing Benjamin’s arcades? On the one hand, placing the Arcades in a digital medium increases access and allows reader the ability to construct their reading. Presented in visual display on the computer screen, the

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V. For the modern reader, the question now becomes, What is the work of the Arcades in the era of digital reproduction? In expanding access to the Arcades through re-presentation, a digital “translation”  must then, necessarily, contend with its material contingencies. Lev Manovich reads

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V. For the modern reader, the question now becomes, What is the work of the Arcades in the era of digital reproduction? In expanding access to the Arcades through re-presentation, a digital “translation”  must then, necessarily, contend with its material contingencies. Lev Manovich reads

The Arcades as a (Postmodern) Database

Is it possible to conceptualize The Arcades Project as a database? Or as a text that lends itself to translation into a database? Certainly it is not “searchable” in the digital sense. The catalogues give a preliminary sense of order, but

The Arcades as a (Postmodern) Database

Is it possible to conceptualize The Arcades Project as a database? Or as a text that lends itself to translation into a database? Certainly it is not “searchable” in the digital sense. The catalogues give a preliminary sense of order, but

The Arcades as Archives

I’ve explored the various ways in which The Arcades Project functions as a repository, a self-organizing system reliant upon catalogues, visual representations, and the montage effect.  You’ll notice I say “I” here. Stepping back to analyze the work as a

The Arcades as Archives

I’ve explored the various ways in which The Arcades Project functions as a repository, a self-organizing system reliant upon catalogues, visual representations, and the montage effect.  You’ll notice I say “I” here. Stepping back to analyze the work as a

Visiting Benjamin’s Archives

While the material form of Benjamin’s archive resides in the vaults of Berlin’s Akademie der Künste and requires special access, it was put on display for the public during a 2006 exhibition in Berlin. After the exhibition, Ursula Marx’s edited

Visiting Benjamin’s Archives

While the material form of Benjamin’s archive resides in the vaults of Berlin’s Akademie der Künste and requires special access, it was put on display for the public during a 2006 exhibition in Berlin. After the exhibition, Ursula Marx’s edited

Visual Poetics & Pedagogy

Viewing the Arcades through the lens of poetic composition helps illuminate aspects of Benjamin’s methods for text-presentation. In Benjamin’s fascination with the figure of the ragpicker in Baudelaire’s poetry we see perhaps a subtle indication that Benjamin went beyond a mere

Visual Poetics & Pedagogy

Viewing the Arcades through the lens of poetic composition helps illuminate aspects of Benjamin’s methods for text-presentation. In Benjamin’s fascination with the figure of the ragpicker in Baudelaire’s poetry we see perhaps a subtle indication that Benjamin went beyond a mere

Graphic Forms

It would hardly be a theoretical observation to note the presence of the “dialectical image” in the polemics of Benjamin’s work; however, focus in the sphere Benjamin Studies has been primarily directed at the dialectics of content. Little attention has

Graphic Forms

It would hardly be a theoretical observation to note the presence of the “dialectical image” in the polemics of Benjamin’s work; however, focus in the sphere Benjamin Studies has been primarily directed at the dialectics of content. Little attention has