Σάββατο, 19 Ιουνίου 2010

IN GIRUM IMUS NOCTE ET CONSUMIMUR IGNI

This verse, called "the devil's verse", is a riddle in the form of a palindrome - literally a puzzle inside a puzzle... It means "we wander in the night, and are consumed by fire" or "we enter the circle after dark and are consumed by fire" and is said to describe the movement of moths. Some others believe that it is about the 'mayfly', that insect that circles the fire only to be consumed by flame. (www.archimedes-lab.org)

This verse was used as a title for the last film by Guy Debord in 1978, a black and white French language political film which is largely autobiographical and begins with a thorough and pitiless critique of the spectator who goes to the cinema to forget about his dispossessed daily life. You can see this film here. (www.artandpopularculture.com)

M.C. Escher "Encounter" (1944)

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