Sven Dupré (Max-Planck-Institut Berlin): Doing it Wrong. The Translation of Artisanal Knowledge and the Codification of Error

Date: 9 April 2015, 18h00afisdupre-icub

Seminar in the series Archives in the Digital Era: Reshaping of Humanities

Presentation: There is a long history of writing about technology reaching back to Antiquity. Typically, these writings took the form of recipes. In this paper I argue that an important evolution in writing about technology was the codification of error. Seemingly new in the seventeenth century is the process of writing how-to followed by the explicit signal that a recipe does not work and suggestions for ways to change it to make it work. In short, this paper is interested in how writing about technology came to reflect the process of reading. It approaches this issue by looking at the translation which the alchemist Johannes Kunckel made of Antonio Neri’s L’arte vetraria in 1679.

Sven Dupré, previously Director of the Centre of History of Science at Ghent University, is Professor of History of Knowledge at the Institute for Art History at the Freie Universität Berlin and Research Group Director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin. In Spring 2015 he is the Robert H. Smith Scholar in Residence for Renaissance Sculpture in Context at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. His research has been supported by visiting fellowships at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) of the University of Cambridge, at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and at the Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science at the University of Sydney. [click here for more info]

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