The conversation was held around the polymaths of Ancient Baghdad, the history of ideas, and gardens as both technological and discursive spaces. In Persian culture, the garden was seen as a microcosm – a world that was re-created and reinvented in an “idealized” way, always a product of technological intervention. Drawing on Al-Khwarizmi and the history of algorithms (Al-Khwarizmi wrote a book in Arabic about Hindu-Arabic numerals, which was later translated into Latin), the speakers also discussed how translation always reshapes ideas, moving them into a new context.
On November 2, the Uzbekistan National Pavilion hosted an event in collaboration with Ca’Foscari Environmental Humanities programme.
Special thanks to our guests – the faculty and the students of Ca’Foscari University, professors Shaul Bassi, Stefano Pello and David Gentilcore, and Sheida Ghomashchi, the curator of Dixit Algorizmi – The Garden of Knowledge