This edited volume considers the ways in which multiple stages, phases, or periods in an artistic or design process have served to arrive at the final artifact, with a focus on the meaning and use of the iteration. To contextualize iteration within artistic and architectural production, this collection of essays presents a range of close studies in art, architectural and design history, using archival and historiographical research, media theory, photography, material studies, and critical theory. It examines objects as unique yet mutable works by examining their antecedents, successive exemplars, and their afterlives—and thus their role as organizers or repositories of meaning. Key are the roles of writing, the use of media, and relationships between object, image, and reproduction. This volume asks how a closer look at iteration reveals new perspectives into the production of objects and the production of thought alike.

Written by an international team of contributors, offering a range of perspectives, it looks broadly at meaning and insight offered by the iteration—for processes of design, for historical research, and for the reception of creative works.

Introduction Robin Schuldenfrei  1. Managing Iteration: The Modularity of the Kew Herbarium Zeynep Celik Alexander  2. A Spiraling History of Architecture Michael Gnehm  3. Bernhard Pankok’s Graphic Iterations Peter H. Fox  4. Iteration of the Non-iterative: Revaluation and the Case of László Moholy-Nagy’s Photograms Robin Schuldenfrei  5. Sonia Delaunay: Media or Message? Kathleen James-Chakraborty  6. Simon Hantaï after Pliage Molly Warnock  7. In and Out of View: Reflections on The Vessel Mike Ricketts  8. The Image as Iteration Peter Sealy  Coda: The Interchronic Pause and the Temporality of Iteration Timothy Hyde  Index