Isea 2022 - Possibles



Full Paper / The tapestry: Past and possibility in the history of magic

Authors: Peter Anders Ph.D.


The paper presents research on the history of magic. It employs a database and interactive global imaging.


Theme: Magic, Western Esotericism, mapping, history

Venue: CCCB
  • Abstract: This paper presents The Tapestry, a mapping of the history of magic.  It describes a system that lets users create lifelines and map them using GoogleEarth. Each lifeline, or thread, is laid over the globe, showing the trace of the person’s historical travels, locations, and activities.  By successively laying these threads over one another, users can see points of intersection, suggesting historic interactions and influence. It is hoped that such graphic presentation and users’ pattern recognition will lead to discovery of previously unsuspected influences in magic’s historical development.

  • Short Bio: Peter Anders is an architect, educator, and information design theorist. He has published widely on the architecture of cyberspace and is the author of “Envisioning Cyberspace”, published by McGraw Hill, which presents design principles for on-line spatial environments.Anders received his degrees from the University of Michigan (B.S.1976) and Columbia University (M.A.1982) and the University of Plymouth Planetary Collegium (Ph.D. 2004).  He was a principal in an architectural firm in New York City which designed facilities for the production of photovoltaic panels.  He has received numerous design awards for his work and has taught graduate level design studios and computer-aided design at universities including the New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of Detroit-Mercy, and the University of Michigan. He is a former board member and chair of ISEA International foundation. He is also principal of Kayvala PLC, a design practice specializing in architecture and media/information environments.


  • CCCB

Montalegre, 5 - 08001 Barcelona

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