Mondotheque

Reading Residency
Stroom Den Haag

17 to 28 June + 8 to 20 July 2019























“Don’t talk unless you can improve silence.”























my Lady
What day will you have mercy
how long will I cry a moaning prayer
I am yours
why do you slay me

[T]he Sumerian princess and high priestess Enheduanna composed poems to the moon goddess Inanna in which she addressed her, not on behalf of a king, but as herself.
Her name appears both in these poems and on tablets of temple hymns she composed, making Enheduanna the first named author.
The Book, Amaranth Borsuk, MIT Press, Cambridge, 2018




[The Photo-Drama of Creation (1914) - Remastered in HD - Part 1 (of 4) - YouTube]


Many efforts to create a “synthesis” of sound and light to offer an experience of totality have been made by religious groups. Created in 1912 by Charlez Taze Russell, the founder of the Bible Student movement (the ancestor of the Jehovah’s Witnesses), Photo-Drama of the Creation was a slide show of retouched stills combined with subtitles and sound, which was later developed into an early example of colour film. Its goal was to disseminate the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ won version of world history as successfully as possible.
Elephant Child, Camille Henrot, ed. Clara Meisner, Michael Connor, Jacob Bromberg, Kristina Scepanski, Inventory press, 2016, p.69


For each person there are two worlds, the /::idios kosmos::/, which is a unique private world, and the /::koinos kosmos::/, which literally means shared world. No person can tell which parts of his total worldview is /idios kosmos/ and which is /koinos kosmos/, except by the achievement of a strong empathetic rapport with other people… the /koinos kosmos/ has, in a certain sense, the support of three billion human beings; an /idios kosmos/, the support of only one.
Letter to the journal SF Commentary, 1970, cited in /Philip K. Dick: Electric Shephard/, ed. Bruce Gillespie (Melbourne: Norstrilia Press, 1975), pp.31-32.



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Current reading: Elephant Child (The Pale Fox exhibition), Camille Henrot

The Pale Fox
Camille Henrot, The Pale Fox under the sun, poster rack, digital print, found image, 2014, 190 x 200 x 82 cm




The Pale Fox

Imagine a circle; in it draw three other circles that are the same size and as large as possible, and in any new circle and in the space between circles again draw the three largest circles of the same size that are possible. Imagine proceeding to infinity in this way… — Letter from G. W. Leibniz to Bartholomew Des Bosses, March 11, 1706. Reprinted in B. C. Look and D. Rutherford, /The Leibniz Correspondence (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007), p.35






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Belgian Paul Otlet has a modest goal: collect, organize, and share all the world’s knowledge. Otlet had co-created a massive “search engine” starting in the early 1900s. His Mundaneum now combines enhanced card catalogs with sixteen million entries, photos, documents, microfilm, and more. He is working on integrating telegraphy and multiple media, from sound recordings to television. In the 1930s British writer H.G. Wells and American scientist Vannevar Bush are advancing similar goals—Wells with his “World Brain” writings and Bush with the Memex, a sort of microfilm-based Web browser. These approaches to organizing information differ. But all share key features of today’s Web, including automated cross-references – which we call hyperlinks.