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Levent Şentürk

Published Apr 14, 2021

The palimpsest has gone so far as to precondition not only the contemporary ways of thinking but also the ways art is made, disseminated, and performed. Just seven quarter centuries after Quantamerre de Quincey’s groundbreaking text, “The Palimpsest of our Brains” (1845), the word has shifted from the level of a scratching surface to the horizon of screen technology.

Palimpsesting is the term of action that gains its meaning across all the diagrammatical equipping of the architectural studio and does not cease at that point –it goes far beyond and to such an extent that all the present-day computerization of architectural processes are nothing more than the palimpsesting of our mediums. Palimpsesting is twofold –the immaterialization of the screen and the intensification of the screen. The screens get thinner, are liguified, folded, elasticized on one hand and imaging technology enhances sharpness by led and high definition, on the other.


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Genette, G. (1997). Palimpsests. Literature in the Second Degree. Trans. Channa Newman, Claude Doubinsky. University of Nebraska Press, US.

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