On the List

Sam Dolbear, Ben Nichols, Claudia Peppel

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This essay presents some thoughts about lists and draws on a range of material, from Lauren Berlant to George Perec. It acts as an introduction to a series of short meditations on individual instances of listing. Usually presented in a sequence and assembled according to some practical or conceptual necessity, lists offer the promise, perhaps the illusion, of keeping track, of bringing control to the flux of things and thoughts, of putting confusion to a halt. They relate to reduction in two ways: first, as a quantitative reduction — as a form of making smaller or less; and second, as a qualitative reduction — as a form of condensation to the most salient data.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Case for Reduction
EditorsChristoph F. E. Holzhey, Jakob Schillinger
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherICI Berlin Press
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783965580411, 9783965580428
ISBN (Print)9783965580398, 9783965580404
Publication statusPublished - 12 Oct 2022

Publication series

NameCultural Inquiry
PublisherICI Berlin Press
ISSN (Print)2627-728X
ISSN (Electronic)2627-731X


  • lists
  • categories
  • accumulation
  • enumeration
  • form (aesthetics)
  • continuity


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