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date: 17 April 2021

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This chapter investigates the organizational media of the flipchart and whiteboard and their use practices in different scenes and frameworks, combining personal evidence and psychoanalytical theory. Thinking with Freud’s seminal notion of ‘Der Wunderblock’, the flipchart provides a permanent trace at the expense of a limited receptive capacity, while the whiteboard provides unlimited receptivity at the expense of the permanent trace. Furthermore, the chapter reflects on the two media as dispositives of ‘organizational scenes’ as well as missing links in the history of digitized knowledge with the World Wide Web as humanity’s unconscious.

Keywords: flipchart, whiteboard, Freud, Wunderblock, media archaeology, dispositive

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