March 2018

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We Are Rats Who Build the Labyrinth From Which We Plan to Escape

By Christian Bök


The image is a work of visual poetry that quotes an aphorism by Raymond Queneau (a member of Oulipo), translating his phrase into an HRQR code (ostensibly readable by both humans and robots simultaneously). The image evokes the maze described by Queneau, while alluding to the machinic overtones of the constraints, typically used by Oulipo.