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.
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.