View of the University of Michigan Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Printed on front: “Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.” Printed on back: “Published by F.M. Kirby & Co. Made in U.S.A.” Handwritten on back: “Howell, Nov. 16, 1911. Dear May, the stove is allright. Dear child, Ma is never so busy but she is good to see her friends but I don’t want to put you to any trouble. Uncle Andrew [undecipherable] was yesterday afternoon. Jesse would have gone but we did not learn it in time I have a card from Aunt telling us about his sickness. Aunt Mary sent me a birthday card. Mother.” Card is postmarked November 16, 1911.

  • Courtesy of the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library

Working Thesis Title:Phantom Contingencies - Reconstructing Histories

Phase:Mid-Term Review Pin-Up

Advisor:Perry Kulper

Student: Nicholas Warnet (IG: @nickwarnet),M.Arch ‘17

Henry Bergson’s theory of duration describes the passing of time as “constant invention, creation of forms, and an elaboration of the absolutely new”. As a reaction to current, mainly static solutions to dynamic inputs, the work looks to the implementation and choreography of specifically tailored devices and apparatuses that are used to calibrate and mediate fluctuating characteristics. Instruments that begin to trace, transfer, reinterpret, and reconstruct histories as a sort of “memory theater” of what once was or what once is. New ‘histories’ can be born, worked on, coupled, uncovered, reborn, conjoined, spliced, deleted…

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