New York, NY | January 1999
The Talmud Project, exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum’s first National Design Triennial, explores the simultaneous display of multiple related texts. Several dials allow the reader to trace ideas from one text to another, examine translations and find text in the larger context of the full corpus.
From the New York Times,
March 10, 2000:
“David Small’s Talmud Project is a work of genius. A prototype for an interactive book, produced at the MIT Media Lab, the project may be the Triennial’s most powerful piece of architecture. Combining passages from the Torah and the Talmud, in English and French translations, the software enables viewers to manipulate blocks of text into the walls, streets and windows in an imaginary city of words…”