Worlding: John Tresch – Cosmograms, or How To Do Things with Worlds
On 17 February 2022, Ignota hosted John Tresch in the Worlding series.
All cultures have composed and deployed representations of everything that is – cosmograms – to convey the fundamental entities, relations and processes that make up the universe.
Studying cosmograms as pictures, sculptures, books, rituals, buildings, cities and so on is a way to compare worlds – their components, histories, aesthetics and modes of being – as they are proposed, debated and imposed: as they come together and fall apart.
In this talk, John Tresch draws from a forthcoming book looking at the creation and impact of scientific cosmograms alongside those of religion, myth and art.
John Tresch is professor of history of art, science, and folk practice at the Warburg Institute, University of London. He’s the author of The Reason for the Darkness of the Night: Edgar Allan Poe and the Forging of American Science and The Romantic Machine: Utopian Science and Technology after Napoleon, and an editor of the History of Anthropology Review. John Tresch draws from a forthcoming book looking at the creation and impact of scientific cosmograms alongside those of religion, myth and art.