The Shape of Time

March 6, 2009

On Feb 24 David Reinfurt, copropietor of “Just-In-Time Workshop & Occasional Bookstore” Dexter Sinister and journal Dot Dot Dot, was the first to disquisite at the 2009 D-Crit lecture series (curated by us students–good on ya Fred + Katie). Two items of significance–if by significant I mean of primary interest to graduate students–transpired.

First, I think I finally get Dot Dot Dot a bit more. David’s preoccupation with modes of information generation and dissemination is the basis of the content. Oh and the cover of #17 is an outtake of #16’s Genesis P-Orridge sitting. There, I sewed it up for you.

Second, I had been banging my head against the wall to find some underpinning for an exhibition concept, something about recursive time in the design history and morphology. Eternal return wave theory not particle theory yadda yadda. David pops up a slide of the cover of a book, The Shape of Time: Remarks on the History of Things by George Kubler.

I’m still going through the book and enthusiastically taking passages out of context to suit my ends. “No formal sequence is ever really closed out by the exhaustion of all its possibilities in a connected series of solutions”–perfect. The influence of this academic book seems to put it in a league with others that broke out of their primary categories and into the broader intellectual ferment of the sixties–think Banham’s Theory and Design in the First Machine Age, Venturi’s Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, McLuhan’s Understanding Media. Beyond helping with this curatorial concept, it will be another node in my disorganized considerations of time.

Perhaps not unrelated in this regard is my observation that the older cover The Shape of Time blows away the new one.  shapeoftimenew


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