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The renaissance of the theatre of memory

  • Giulio Camillo (1480 - 1544) was as well-known in his era as Bill Gates is now. Just like Gates he cherished a vision of a universal Storage and Retrieval System, and just like Microsoft Windows, his ‘Theatre of the Memory’ was, despite constant revision, never completed. Camillo’s legendary Theatre of Memory remained only a fragment, its benefits only an option for the future. When it was finished, the user - so he predicted - would have access to the knowledge of the whole universe. On account of his promising invention, Camillo’s contemporaries called him ‘the divine’. For others, like Erasmus or the Parisian scholars, he was just a ‘quack’, but also this only shows that his reception was as strong as is the case with the computer gurus of our days. Still, Camillo was forgotten immediately after his death. No trace is left of his spectacular databank - except a short treatise which he dictated on his deathbed and which was formulated in the future tense: ‘L’Idea del Theatro’ (1550). ...

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Author:Peter Matussek
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2001
Year of first Publication:2001
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2009/03/03
GND Keyword:Gedächtnistheater; Camillo, Giulio
Page Number:9
First Page:1
Last Page:9
Erschienen in: Janus, 8.2001, S. 4-8
Source:(in:) Janus, 8, 2001, S. 4-8 (Dutch Version S. 66-70)
Institutes:keine Angabe Fachbereich / Extern
Dewey Decimal Classification:7 Künste und Unterhaltung / 79 Sport, Spiele, Unterhaltung / 790 Freizeitgestaltung, darstellende Künste, Sport
Sammlungen:Sammlung Musik, Theater, Film / Literatur zum Theater
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht