The Memory Theatre of Giulio Camillo

Once upon a time, a strange amazonian god sent me a package of words entitled “Printed Commonplace-Books and the Structuring of Renaissance Thought by Ann Moss.

This collection of alphabetized symbols spoke of another collection entitled The Art of Memory by Frances Yates.

This collection notes the scribed utterances of someone called Jonathan Miller (all in capitals!)

“ONE OF THOSE QUITE REMARKABLE AND UNCLASSIFIABLE BOOKS ON THE HISTORY OF KNOWLEDGE WHICH SUDDENLY MAKES SENSE OF THREE OR FOUR ISSUES IN TERMS OF ONE COMMANDING METAPHOR”

Yates discusses Camillo (who he comes the cry!).

Only the possible inventor of the computer, not that important!

Camillo attempted to structure all human knowledge, and I propose, was successful, but we have not understood his achievement. We have misunderstood it because he used the occult fashions of the time, and we have, quite typically, thrown the baby out with the bath water!

His structure included the Greek gods, and I therefore propose as I have used the word theatre, that a theatrical expert on the true gods, Stephen Fry, have a look at this.

A related revolution was happening at the same time, from the geocentric to heliocentric world view. Camillo puts Apollo at the centre of his theatre.

I propose two projects in parallel.

1  Reconstructing Camillo’s original theatre

2  Building a new one using modern thinking

The second one would have some interesting tweaks. It would use music and dance and art as key parts of its structure. Weaving and knitting would be fundamental, including Quipu and related technologies.

I propose this will have some very interesting repercussions …..

 

 

 

 

 

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