The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project
Stephen Lauf

28 November 1778   Saturday
Laura begins teaching and training Pietro in the Piranesian art of ambidextrous mirror copying. Like his older sister and brother, it didn't take Pietro too long to master writing his name with one hand while simultaneously writing a mirror copy of his name with the other hand. Because of the body's innate bi-lateral symmetry, the process of ambidextrous mirror copying virtually becomes natural.

"I heard rumors here that before he died he hid his money (which must have been abundant) so well that his children dispair of finding it. Indeed, it is said that he died crazy. If the strange things that people are saying are true, it cannot be otherwise."
From a letter written by Tommaso Temanza sent to Giovanni Antonio Selva 28 November 1778.

28 November 1795
"On November 28, Piranesi wrote in more detail about the funeral, enclosing a proposal for a memorial stone. On the same day he sent another dispatch, with the drawing and a list of mourners, chiefly artists."
Christina Heumer, "An Eighteenth=Century Artist's Funeral at the Protestant Cemetery in Rome" (2004).

28 November 1812   Saturday

Morning clear, moderate wind N. I went to market and bought[?] provisions, thence downtown and paid my usual visits, finding my son's debts sufficiently paid for the present, I placed $200 from BNA in Bank of Pennsylvania for my own and also $50 received[?] from my brother Samuel for my half of a year rent received[?] from T. Bickham Southwark. Dined at SL's and PM rode to Chestnut Street for copy record in the suit Reinault vs. Ashley, it was not done. Then stopping to see Dr. Hunt at Frankford, came home.

28 November 1999
(in) reality
1. "no design ever proved something (anything?)"
2. Charlotte Geldof's "sacred and profane" tour.
3. depth - archaeology, underground street, crypt, sinking.
4. German (-American) artists and architects.
5. NeTHCA @ quondam?
6. immediately meeting two Elenis.
7. auto-eroticism - "Where did that orchestra come from?"
8. credentials: a PhD in reŽnactment from the Institutes of Ottopia.
9. Tom Avermaete - look at the promenade architecturale and "letter to/from India"
10. an instant click with Bernard Kormoss.
11. finding Romulus and Remus in Brussels
12. Eleni Kostika asks: "What is schizophrenia + architectures about?" - part of it is about breaking rules and rules already broken.
13. the extremes of Taipei - Li Mei Tsien.
14. digital cameras may put people in architecture.
15. David Vanderburgh is an American.
16. joining NeTHCA?
17. meeting Elia Zenghelis - the Greek island villas.
18. breakfast with Winka Dubbeldam.
19. new capitals: once Philadelphia, now Brussels.
20. dinner conversation with Annemie.
21. a brief chat with Eric - virtual infrastructures.
22. driving with Hilde Heynen and Mark Wigley.
23. Jackson Pollock's paintings relative to Piranesi's Campo Marzio - Olivier Mathieu.
24. redemption via the group symposium.
25. Martine drives a Mercedes!?!
26. lunch conversation with Mark Wigley.
27. Oskar rolls me a cigarette and we then discuss the virtual nature of Quondam.
28. "How does one gauge young?"
29. Joe: the devil in Orlando cracks the whip?
30. Pollock spontaneity
31. atomized dinner.
32. doing it to ourselves.
33. "Tafuri didn't translate Piranesi's Latin text."
34. walking home with Leslie.
35. Sarah Whiting: "Who are you?"
36. the Andy Warhol fame police
37. the Pollock museum.
38. breakfast with Leslie, and then Winka too.
39. there is no laughing in the VSBA office.
40. Peter Nys visited Quondam.
41. no camera - "using your own lenses."
42. Peter Zellner - Christian inversion of Rome
43. out of the virtual.
44. saw that (many times) before
45. my presentation.
46. getting it or not getting it.
47. thanks, thanks, reenactment, thanks (dinners)
48. Hitler's/Speer's Triumphal Arch.
49. fight on the street.
50. the SOM building detail - like at Ferko.

28 November 2017


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