The Renaissance Roots of the Digital Turn

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Piotr Celiński
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    Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy and Sociology of Politics in Political Science Division at Maria Curie-Sklodowska University. Digital media theorist and author, culture animator and curator. Author, publisher and editor of Interfaces. Digital Technologies in Communication (Wrocław, 2010), Cultural Codes of Digital Technologies (Lublin, 2011), Mindware: The Technologies of Dialogue (Warszawa, 2012), Postmedia. Digital Code and Data Bases (Lublin, 2013). Cofounder and board member of the Digital Culture Institute Foundation (www.


In the following article I trace affinities between Renaissance ideas and the digital turn in contemporary humanities. There is a need to define this turn by referring to important historical achievements of quadro and cinquecento: the concept of mathesis universalis, its holistic understanding of theory and practice, symbiosis of art, technê, and science, interest in human anatomy, designing media and communications. By invoking them I address several problems: how the humanities should be dealing with digital technologies, how humanists should work, and what are the consequences of biomediations.

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