Mapping Indexicality in Benjamin's "The Arcades Project"

This project interprets the text of Walter Benjamin’s The Arcades Project[1] as a collection of gestures, reading instances of linguistic deixis as concretized moments of textual interiority. Each path represents the mutable indexicality of a given convolute by tracking the spatial and temporal context of the word “this.” The resultant traces capture the wandering, associative nature of work in a seemingly sporadic blueprint of its textual volition.

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  1. Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project, trans. Howard Eiland and Kevin McLaughlin (Belknap Press, 2002), Third Printing edition.

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