Picture language and other things: The materiality of Isotype

Henning, M. (2008) Picture language and other things: The materiality of Isotype. In: Network of Design, Conference of the design history society, University College Falmouth, 2 - 6 September 2008.

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In 2005 Bruno Latour and Peter Wiebel used Isotype charts to conclude their exhibition Making Things Public at the ZKM Centre in Karlsruhe. They contrasted Isotype to their own vision of things as assemblages, disputed states of affairs, and actants. Isotype stood for the quintessentially modernist political vision, represented as things that were "delineated, discrete objects … bathing in some translucent space" . Against this, I argue that Isotype can be usefully considers as an assemblage using Latours own notion, and ask how this affects our reading of the modern.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Isotype, Otto Neurath, networks, Bruno Latour
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > School of Art and Design
ID Code:11131
Deposited By: G. Brown
Deposited On:23 Aug 2010 09:17
Last Modified:12 Aug 2013 08:03

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