"Memory, Place, and the Sixteenth-Century Interface"
Mark Meadow
History of Art, UC/Santa Barbara
Innovative sixteenth-century information technologies developed as a response to an increase in information bandwidth and a changing notion of what constituted the cosmos and knowledge of it. The system of rhetorical places, especially the commonplaces, provided one of the most widely used models for gathering, storing and redeploying large and heterogeneous bodies of data in a fluid, associative and efficient manner. Such knowledge interfaces as memory palaces, commonplace books and the newly created bibliographic index all reveal a common origin in the rhetorical places.