Thursday, January 19, 2006

Not for record

 Bye bye blackboard .... from Albert Einstein

Museum of the History of Science

Bye bye blackboard ... from Einstein and others

"Blackboards were wiped after use: they were meant for immediate communication, not for record. Even as they were being used, their messages were continuously revised, erased and renewed. But when Einstein came to Oxford in 1931, he was already an international celebrity. After one of his lectures a blackboard was preserved and has become a kind of relic. It is the most famous object in this Museum.

This exhibition marks the centenary of the Special Theory of Relativity by inviting a number of well-known people in Britain today to chalk on blackboards the same size as Einstein’s. All these guest blackboards have been prepared in the early months of 2005. The result is an exhibition about science, art, celebrity and nostalgia. The blackboard is fast disappearing from meetings, classes and lectures: ‘bye-bye blackboard’."

 Bye bye blackboard .... from Nicholas Grimshaw


Anonymous mo said...

thanks .. nice to think about blackboards .. and never forget the ones Beuys has done for his lectures and actions (+ inventing noiseless blackboard erasers. Today some of them are preserved as exhibition objects ... and to recall that he did it in continuation of a habit of R.Steiner

Blogger Anne said...

Excellent links, thanks!

Blogger myuglysweater said...

small world ... my aunt helped to curate that exhibition at the museum in oxford. she took me on a private tour in the middle of the night after all the lights had been turned off. it was complete darkness until our movements signalled the motion detectors and the emergency lights came on, reflecting eerily off the blackboards. being completely alone in the museum, at night, with work that was itself so ephemeral, was an amazingly powerful experience. thanks for posting it....


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