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Tuesday, February 26, 2002

Cities and Memory


It's intersting that the first two Invisible Cites of Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities are about Cities and Memory. There is a sense in which cites are solid memories, crystalised into existence. Buildings and places symbolise events, lives, families and schools of art and philosophy. Also, there is the Art of Memory: a method used in older times to memorise things without writing them down: after having commited the layout and appearence of a larrge building to memory, one would place symbols of things that we wished to memorise in it, and the association between the visual memory of the buildings and the visual image of the symbol would ensure binding of the symbol to the long term memory. Now, of course this is a long neglected art, as literacy and paper have become ubiqtuous.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2002

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