Inventario:Tutto è progetto Everything is a project

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Eleonora Lupo


The list as ‘representation’ system is an expedient presentation alternative to the showing of a finished form, which is referential and closed in on itself. In literature, Umberto Eco’s reading of homer’s Iliad, among a number of citations related to biblical scriptures, illustrates the contrast between the description of the shield of Achilles and the power of the Greek army. The first description is shaped by enumeration of the shield world [even if the incredible number of represented scenes makes it difficult to reproduce it visually],The second is a list or a catalogue ‘made of countable items that we cannot enumerate’ specifically the ships of the Greek army, and suggests the physically infinite perceived through the indefinite.1 The need to postulate an ‘aesthetic infinite’ of an objective kind is related to the shortcomings of the inventory and not to a subjective feeling about the sublime to which the representative modality of the list responds.

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Lupo, Eleonora. 2010. “Inventario:Tutto è Progetto: Everything Is a Project”. idea journal 10 (1):141-43.
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Eleonora Lupo, Politecnico di Milano

Eleonora Lupo, Assistant professor of Design at the Politecnico di Milano, PhD in Industrial Design and Multimedia Communication at the Indaco Dept. of Politecnico di Milano. In 2008 Visiting researcher and Lecturer at the school of Design Hong Kong polytechnic University. her research interests are focused on the innovative role of design as a strategic and community centred approach in the enhancement of tangible and intangible Cultural Heritage. In particular, where design processes, strategies and techniques improve sustainable cultural heritage awareness and development towards implementing local knowledge and creative and artistic activities. she teaches at the school of Design of Milano Politecnico and has participated in many national and international research programs and attended several International Conferences.