CAAD Theorie: Demigod — Renaissance Man — Digital Human

What do Hermes Trismegistus, Leon Battista Alberti and Tim Berners-Lee have in common? They connect everything.
Hermes Trismegistus may or may not have been human, he may be related to the Egyptian god of wisdom Thoth as well as the Greek god of communication Hermes, he may not have written the Corpus Hermeticum that is named after him: he may be a myth, he may be fiction or fact; real or imaginary, idealised or fake. He is not unlike what each of us is or can be in the reality we inhabit today: the boundless immensity of the World Wide Web that Tim Berners-Lee created. At the apex of this arc that spans some three thousand years, Alberti—philosopher, poet, author, artist, priest, cryptographer, architect—epitomises Renaissance Man: the humanist who reaches into antiquity and points to modernity, the quintessential polymath.
We want to look at this gure that sits so close to the heart of architecture: the ‘creator’ working with all there is and making their own reality, and get to know them. Characterise them. Dramatise them. Literally, by literary means: we are going to create plays, texts and poetry from the many words that have been written down over time, and make with them our own meaning. Using our own personal ‘Google’-type algorithm, we are going to draw from the wealth of references, indexes, thoughts, ideas, and arguments that span these three millennia of Western civilisation and invent our own narrative, on our own stage, with our own characters.
You don’t have to be a writer to join this course, you simply have to be an architect with a curious mind and an openness to experiment with code, plentiful data and text.