Closing of the Future of the Word Forum
A public talk by James Bridle “The House of Wisdom, The Library of Babel”

Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design
Bersenevskaya embankment, 14, Moscow

4 June at 20.00 as part of the 3-day Future of the Word Forum, devoted to new perspectives on reading culture, the publishing industry and creative literary process in the UK and Russia.

Technology is often cast as the enemy of literature, but our digital world, from computer code to the internet, is made out of words. Our books, which have seemed so stable for so long, are migrating into the network, as we develop a new shared language with the machines. And all of this is what the words want, and what we have always wanted for them. In fact, the history of books and literature might just be the best guide to understanding the complex, networked work we find ourselves in today.


James Bridle is a British artist and writer based in Athens, Greece. His artworks have been commissioned by galleries and institutions and exhibited worldwide and on the internet. His writing on literature, culture and networks has appeared in magazines and newspapers including Wired, Domus, Cabinet, the Atlantic, the New Statesman, the Guardian, the Observer and many others, in print and online. He lectures regularly at conferences, universities, and other events.

His formulation of the New Aesthetic research project has spurred debate and creative work across multiple disciplines. His work can be found at