WHEN WE RECEIVED THE INVITATION to present a project on the theme of
‘origins’ it came at a curious moment, since we were already musing on the
origins of bibliotheke, or of the book and writing in general: of the establish-
ment of a system of knowledge in light of the apparent shift from scriptural to
electronic media. This is evidently a paradigm shift, not only in our telematic
archive but in our entire mnemonic practice – our ability to ﬁ x time and space
in lineage, in memory.