Lecture in collaboration with Beny Wagner
Commissioned by Sonic Acts, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2019
This talk engages with the human tendency to read the natural world as a text. The long and remarkably consistent history of the use of text as a metaphor for the interpretation of the natural world, present from ancient Babylonian observational practices, to Galileo’s reading of the solar system all the way to the human genome project, is ultimately the history of the human inability to experience the world unmediated. This is as much a history of media and technology as it is of science, culture and philosophy.