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The Bright Labyrinth: Nietzsche’s Typewriter – The Impact of Typographic Thought

16 October 2018 | 4pm – 6pm

Space 109, White City

‘Are there still human beings, one then asks oneself, or perhaps only thinking-, talking-, and writing-machines?’

How did Nietzsche’s ‘writing ball’ influence his thinking? The first installment of the Bright Labyrinth series examines the mechanization of communication media from guns and propaganda campaigns to computer programming. Does the digital regime impede or enhance the distribution of thought?

Key topics are devices, ethics, typographic culture, mechanical literacy, communication as weapons system, sensory dislocation, emojis and control.

Suggested Reading:

‘Nietzsche’s Transformative Typewriter’, Evan Selinger, Cyborgology (2012)

Margaret Hamilton, The Untold Story of the Woman Who Took us to the Moon’, Luke Kingma and Jolene Creighton, Futurism, (2016)


The Bright Labyrinth Lecture Series is sixteen individual lectures delivered over the spring and autumn terms. It explores some of the twists, turns, bizarre connections and surprises that surround us as we contemplate the future of visual communication in the twenty-first century. How did we get here? And where do we want to go? In order to shape the future, we may also have to shape the past.


This event is organised by the Visual Communication Programme in the School of Communication. For any queries, please contact Maja Ngom for more information.