October 1949, Timing a Fair Day's Work complete article
der Messung, a Course in the Art of Measurement, Nuremburg
1525..Measurement through a Viewing Frame.01 diagram
for alchemical calculation.
A. Sigler measures slips ,"He knows Why You Fall" 1948
USG MEASURES CARS 1952
IMAGES OF THE PLUMB LINE
a diagram of an orrery c1720. Measuring the Stars.
John Norden's Intended Guide for English Tourists 1625,
and the first recorded example of the triangular distance chart.
cover, design by Frans Masereel
The Shepherds' Calendar , Paris 1493.
of suveying equipment from the Royal Encyclopedia, 1788 - 90
Small Quadrant, from the Navigation section of the Royal Encyclopedia
1788 - 1790, detail 9 x 14cms
Leupold, Theatrum Arithmetico-Geometricum.. . 1727. An
early calculating machine.
visual conventions advert for South Wind Car Heaters Sept.
1946 (detail) 13 x 20cms
10 A Surveyor
Measures Charles Estienne and Jean Liebault, Maison Rustique,
or The New Country Farme , translated into English by Richard
Surflet and printed by Adam Islip in 1616. "How to reduce all sorts
of grounds into a square for the better measuring of it." Engraving
of surveying equipment from the Royal Encyclopedia, 1788 - 90
Saltonstall, The Navigator, printed by Hurlock, London
in 1636 and a fine indication of the self-image of seafaring folk.12 Title
Page to Mattthew Hostus semi-historical treatise (1532) on the various
numeral systems found in Renaissance literature.
Leonard Digges, A Boke named Tectonicon briefly shewyng
the exacte measurynge and speady recknyngenall maver Lande, squared Tymber,
Styone, Steaples, Pyllers, Globes ,Marsh, London, 1566.
14, 15 A
Tailor Measures from Bloomingdale's Illustrated 1886 Catalog,
(Fashions, Dry Goods and Housewares , reproduced in facsimile by Dover
Books, New York , 1988
SHORT NOTES FOR A MEASUREMENT PROJECT. You will have already have
discussed the implications of this word and this concept.It is the
purpose of this session to reinforce the centrality of Measurement
to human conduct. It seeks to persuade you that measurement is power
over the passage of time;
over physical distances from one place to another;
to assemble and synthesise ideas in the mind.
WHAT IS MEASURED ?
DISTANCE WHO MEASURES ?
1. Images on Slide.
1.1. The image of Geometry; William Blake, Newton , millboard print, 1795.
1.2. Hans Holbein, The Ambassadors ,1543, NG London
1.3 Chartres Cathedral , west front; rose window and labyrinth, measurement
to reinforce doctrine.
1.4. Westminster Abbey, Tiled Pavement, Quincunx and the pursuit of the
End of the World.
2. Film Compilation.
2.1 Surveying and Mapmaking I, The Nineteenth Century. Triangulating India
with a chain. A film sequence demonstrating how accurate surveying plotted
2.2 the Measurement of Human Time, Taylorism and the Cult of Time and
2.3 Chaplin, Modern Times , the Feeding Machine, a response to Taylorism.
2.4 Surveying and Mapmaking 2 The Twentieth Century. Computer projections
of submarine contour.
2.5 The Kennedy Assassination , Measurement as political weaponry
Mike Darton and John Clark, The Dent Dictionary of Measurement , Dent
London 1994 and a delightful and comprehensive account.
L.Hogben, Man Must Measure ,Transatlantic Books 1948; Arturo Schwarz,
The Complete Works of Duchamp ,Thames & Hudson 1969; look up Duchamp's
probing at the standard metre. Linda Dalrymple Henderson, The Fourth Dimension
and Modern Art, Univ.of Calif Press 1978.
Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time, Bantam London 1988; G.J.Whitrow,
Time in History OUP Oxford 1988;
Henry Hurt, Reasonable Doubt, an investigation into the Kennedy Assassination,
Sidgwick & Jackson London 1988; one example of the ingenuity applied
to calculation and the death of kennedy - surely the most calulated event
in the history of human conduct. The more systematically measurement is
applied - the more confusing the picture gets. Kent Hieatt, Short Time's
Endless Monument , Kennikat, Port Washington, 1960 (1972) The symbolism
of the Numbers in... EPITHALAMION . One of the most effective and persuasive
of all literary detective investigations, showing Spencer's ability to
link narrative with line number.