[Humanist] 27.698 A Cabinet of Curiosity: The Library's Dead Time
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Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 698.
Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
Subject: A Cabinet of Curiosity: The Library's Dead Time
This is for those of us who take particular interest in the processes
and materialities of research.
"A Cabinet of Curiosity: The Library's Dead Time", an exhibition at the
University of Illinois, is "an attempt to create an alternative archive
of librarianship and the library... [and] an aesthetic embodiment of
scholarship" framed by the metaphor of the late Renaissance
Wunderkammer, or cabinet of wonders, for which since the very late 20th
Century we seem to have regained prodigious sympathy -- simultaneously
with the onset of the Web. See, for example,
http://www.libraryasincubatorproject.org/?p=4052 and the curators Bonnie
Mak and Julia Pollack's "The Performance and Practice of Research in The
Library's Dead Time", Art Documentation: Journal of the Art Libraries
Society of North America 32.2 (Autumn 2013): 202-21 (in JSTOR).
For the background see Lorraine Daston, "All Curls and Pearls", rev of
Neil Kenny, The Uses of Curiosity in Early Modern France and Germany,
London Review of Books 27.2 (23 June 2005): 37-8; and her earlier book
with Katherine Park, Wonders and the Order of Nature (1998).
Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor, Department of Digital
Humanities, King's College London, and Research Group in Digital
Humanities, University of Western Sydney
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