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Atalanta fugiens - Emblem I

We are not asking participants to prepare formal talks, but we would like you to do a bit of homework to get to know Atalanta fugiens and its intellectual contexts before joining us in February.  Please take a look at the following links and resources before the workshop.

Where to find the book:

  • Brown’s Atalanta fugiens copy at the Hay Library (for those who are local)
  • hi-res version of Carl Jung’s copy of Atalanta here: http://dx.doi.org/10.3931/e-rara-7300
  • There are also several modern editions/translations, but all are imperfect or partial. The H.M.E. de Jong edition of  Maier’s Atalanta offers a workable translation and study of his sources, but does not include images or music.

Background reading/watching:

  • on Michael Maier and Atalanta fugiens: Donna Bilak’s Atalanta fugiens (1618): Music-Image-Text
  • on alchemy: Tara Nummedal, “Words and Works in the History of Alchemy.”
  • on emblems: Robert Klein, “​The Theory of Figurative Expression in Italian Treatises on the Impresa (“La théorie de l’expression figurée dans les traités italiens”) in​ his Form and Meaning: Essays On Renaissance and Modern Art. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1981. [pdf of Klein]
  • The Art of Encryption,” lecture/performance about Atalanta fugiens by Donna Bilak with musical examples by Les Canards Chantants (Bard Graduate Center, 15 April 2015)
  • Peter Forshaw,  The Emblemata of the Atalanta fugiens, Infinite Fire Webinar II (the Ritman Library and the Center for the History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents (GHF) of the University of Amsterdam)

Links to other digital sites:

Suggested Emblems for the Prototype Session:
We’ve selected the following emblems from the Atalanta as interesting possibilities for prototypes:

  • 1, 2, 3, 6, 9,22,29, 33, 41, 42 (or I, II, III, VI, IX ,XXII, XXIX, XXXIII, XLI, XLII as per the book’s numeration).
  • The above link to Jung’s copy is your portal into this viewing delight.
  • We will be organizing workshop participants into multi-disciplinary clusters to pursue an emblem for prototyping for the 6 Feb. breakout session (see schedule on our “Workshop Details” page); so, please peruse in preparation for your group’s choice. Enjoy! And we look forward to seeing what you come up with for “Show and Tell” the next day…
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