intermission museum of art | ima may-june 2022 ouroboros ayesha kamal khan + catalina tuca + joshua j. araujo + mariangela ciccarello curated by john ros

a refined observation system was installed in the water where the stones were discovered. after three years of observation, the discovery left the scientists perplexed. the recordings showed that the engravings were created by fish through a process of sucking algae and plankton present on the stones. thus, the hypothesis was confirmed. however, there were no traces of intention in the behavior of the animals. they were simply responding to a primal need.

with their alphabet theory unproven, the archeologists felt that they had been too romantic in their speculations and the institute of bsp regretted the amount of money invested in what appeared to be a naïve dream.

when all seems lost, it is often in transformation. the situation took a new turn in 2015 when a manuscript was discovered in the library of syros, the capital of the cyclades. the means which brought the text to the island remained mysterious. its physical condition was poor, the ink was faded and the paper significantly damaged. written in ancient greek and difficult to date, it contained a previously unknown greek myth, a heartbreaking story between a god and a mortal, which appears in this publication as well. there was nothing particularly original or visionary in the myth, which resembled the thousands of myths and legends already known.

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