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Digital culture
Prolegomena to Educatio Digitale
Thursdays 10:15 - 11:45, Hardenbergstr. 33, R110
daniel@udk-berlin.de

Semester 0 :: Historical Context
Session 1 :: Mythology

Order of the day
  1. Repetitio :: What is digital education ?
  2. Exercitio :: A letter to Your digital self
  3. Lectio :: Mythology
  4. Disputatio :: Myths of a digital world
  5. Video :: The 2nd rennaissance I.
Mythology :: Hephaistos
Peter Paul Rubens :: Vulcan forging the Thunderbolts of Jupiter (1638)
Made by Hephaistos
A.C.Guillemot :: Mars and Venus Surprised by Vulcan (1827)
Automata attributed to Ἥφαιστος
The Story of Pygmalion and the Statue
Pygmalion loathing their lascivious life, 
Abhorr'd all womankind, but most a wife: 
So single chose to live, and shunn'd to wed, 
Well pleas'd to want a consort of his bed. 
Yet fearing idleness, the nurse of ill, 
In sculpture exercis'd his happy skill; 
And carv'd in iv'ry such a maid, so fair, 
As Nature could not with his art compare ... 
Publius Ovidius Naso :: Metamorphoses, book X. (8. A.D.)
carv'd in iv'ry a maid so fair

Pygmalion working on his sculpture :: Illumination on parchment (14th century)
A prayer

Jean Regnault :: Pygmalion priant Vénus d'animer sa statue (1786)
A divine intervention

Jean Raoux :: Pygmalion amoureux de sa statue (1717)
A kiss

J.L.Gerome :: Pygmalion and Galatea (1890)
A happy end
The Goddess, present at the match she made, 
So bless'd the bed, such fruitfulness convey'd, 
That ere ten months had sharpen'd either horn, 
To crown their bliss, a lovely boy was born; 
Paphos his name, who grown to manhood, wall'd 
The city Paphos, from the founder call'd. 
Publius Ovidius Naso :: Metamorphoses, book X. (8. A.D.)
Pygmalion :: a summary
Philosophy :: Pythagoras (c. 570 – c. 495 BC)
Bust of Pythagoras from Forum Romanum, Rome
Tetractys of Pythagoras
A Pythagorean prayer : "Bless us, divine number, thou who generated gods and men! O holy, holy Tetractys, thou that containest the root and source of the eternally flowing creation! For the divine number begins with the profound, pure unity until it comes to the holy four ..."
Pythagoras Theorem
The sum of the areas of the two squares on the legs (a and b) equals the area of the square on the hypotenuse (c).
Quote of the day
"Alles ist Zahl."

Pythagoras of Samos, 6th century BC.
Question of the day
What is a number?


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Modern myths
Can You think of any modern myths in which machines, robots, virtual reality, numbers or digitalisation play a key role ?
Genesis revisited

and then said creators: faciamus hominem ad imaginem et similitudinem nostram


and then said humans: faciamus machinam ad imaginem et similitudinem nostram

You have just seen the course
http://bildung.digital.udk-berlin.de/prolegomena/mythology
shall be followed with
http://bildung.digital.udk-berlin.de/prolegomena/antiquity

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