Ever since I wrote the Swap Adjacent article on matching tile games, I have been fascinated with the challenge of writing, and visualizing the history of art forms.
Before we pile on the criticism (US-centric etc..), there are three major reasons for attempting things like this:
- It is an interesting way of condensing a large amount of information into a snapshot.
- The process of reducing thousands of works into an overview is in itself interesting: how are we thinking about these things, and how would we express them visually?
- Some of us ( me for example) were told in no uncertain terms during our university education that you just can’t write histories like this. So let’s do it!