Architecture of Speed, Paul Jaray and the Shape of Necessity

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The project centers on the biography of Paul Jaray (1889-1974), a Vienna-born inventor. He was purged from engineering history and public consciousness
as a Jewish intellectual, because his role in the development of the Silver Arrow cars and the Volkswagen, both central within the Nazi propaganda campaigns, was politically undesirable to the regime.
Bastiaan van der Velden focuses on historical dimensions of patent law. At the beginning of the 20th-century patent law was an emerging field of law, combining scientific, legal, and entrepreneurial skills in a globalizing marketplace. Patents provided a business model for engineers, but a real challenge was the obligation to register the patent in several countries and monitor infringements abroad. For Paul Jaray, claiming the patents for his innovations in the field of airplanes, zeppelins, and cars was an ongoing struggle.
Period6 Nov 202130 Jan 2022
Event typeExhibition
LocationVenice, ItalyShow on map