THE GARDEN OF FORKING PATHS
Labyrinths, Fate, Time and Distance
|I used a bowl and filled it with water and strips of type. |
Floating in the water and tangled, the strips of paper become a
labyrinth of text. In the short story, the "labyrinth" is a book
as opposed to a physical maze.
|The whole short story hinges on the conveying of a message.|
In trying to tell the "Chief" the location of a British artillery park,
Yu Tsun tries to find a way to tell him. Tsun wishes "if
only I could shout loud enough for the Chief to hear."
THE CIRCULAR RUINS
Birth and Rebirth, Religion, Dreaming and Reality
|The magician has to create another human being|
through lucid dreaming. I wanted to show an
altered reality using glass and light.
|The cut-out, continuous people speak to the cycle|
of birth and rebirth. One person cannot exist
without being born by another. In the end
of the short story, the magician realizes that
he also was created by dreams.
|Circles were a main symbol in this story. Alluding to this prevalent|
shape and combining it with a ritualistic image, the circle of
candles give the viewer a sense of some sort of religious practice.
|In the beginnings of trying to create a clone,|
the magician has trouble distinguishing dreams
from reality, and is almost driven to insanity.
THE LIBRARY OF BABEL
Exploration, Interminability, Order and Structure
|The unnamed narrator describes the atmosphere|
of the library as people constantly searching for
one specific book considered to be God.
|This shape symbolizes eternity. The narrator stresses the|
endless shelves and books.
|Structured with hexagonal galleries, the library continues forever.|
The narrator even says that if he were to die, his body would
fall endlessly, never ceasing.