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János Sugár Ariadne Unemployed Installation, 2003

Ariadne Unemployed

At one sole glance, one can discern both the Cartesian layout of the so-called labyrinth at the Botanical Gardens and the following warning sign:
There could be no more succinct summary of the spirit of this entire civilization. The very one that we will, in the end, bring down.
Unattributed text in Potlatch (information bulletin of the French section of the Lettrist International) #9-11, August 1954

Ivan Chtcheglov, born 1934, is a Russian political theorist, activist and poet, a former resident of the Soviet Union, active in France. He wrote "Formulary for a New Urbanism" in 1953, at age nineteen under the name Gilles Ivain, which was an inspiration to the Lettrist International and the Situationist International. In this seminal text he mentions "the ridiculous labyrinth in the Jardin des Plantes, at the entry to which is written (height of absurdity, Ariadne unemployed): Games are forbidden in the labyrinth." Following the appearance of "Formulary for a New Urbanism" in the first issue of Internationale Situationniste, Chtcheglov was institutionalized apparently for the rest of his life.

"A mental illness has swept the planet… no more laughter, no more dreams. Just the endless traffic, the blank eyes that pass you by, the nightmarish junk we're all dying for. Everyone is hypnotized by work and comfort."
Gilles Ivain
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