Man Ray's grave, Montparnasse Cemetery, Paris
Man Ray's grave, Montparnasse Cemetery, Paris

Unconcerned But Not Indifferent

That’s the epitaph on Man Ray’s tombstone at the Cimetière du Montparnasse in Paris.

It’s a brilliant turn of phrase that I’m going to try, at least in part, to incorporate into my regular day-to-day. Wish me luck.

With the growing weirdness of the political tide globally, one I can’t keep myself from gravitating towards, it seems that taking a step back is the only way to maintain some balance. Being unconcerned but not indifferent seems to be the ultimate balancing act, one that only great artists like Ray, who walked the fine line he created between Dada and surrealism, could pull off.

Unconcerned But Not Indifferent is and was the title of numerous exhibits and retrospectives of Man Ray’s work –as well as a monograph described as the most beautiful ever produced about the artist and one I wish I owned.

It’s also the title of a short 2011 experimental film, or more appropriately a ‘film epitaph’, by Fred L’ Epee and Dimitra Pouliopoulou. They describe it as a work about existential relativity, a theory that I understand as one in which a person is both a participant in an active universe and a spectator in a passive one simultaneously.

Whether the film succeeds in illustrating that or not is up to you to decide.

I will admit that the four minutes I spent watching it were among the most peaceful I experienced today, four minutes I didn’t spend thinking about senseless racist police executions, Hillary Clinton and the FBI, Donald Trump and Saddam Hussein, and Tony Blair and the Iraq War. Success that was both passive and active. Enjoy.

https://youtu.be/W8TWGA6QizU

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Today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 915th straight, was snapped in Paris, France on 07 July 2007 (07-07-07), nine years ago today.

 

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