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Exhibition Tour: "The Admirable Number Pi" at ŻAK | BRANICKA, Berlin


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The Admirable Number Pi at ŻAK | BRANICKA, Berlin
Artists: Daniel Buren, Stanisław Dróżdż, Jan Dibbets, Vlatka Horvat, Marlena Kudlicka, KwieKulik, Szymon Kobylarz, Mario Merz, Ryszard Wasko

The admirable number pi three point one four one.
All the following digits are also initial,
five nine two because it never ends.
It can’t be comprehended six five three five at a glance,
eight nine by calculation,
seven nine or imagination,
not even three two three eight by wit, that is, by comparison
four six to anything else
two six four three in the world.
The longest snake on earth calls it quits at about forty feet.
Likewise, snakes of myth and legend, though they may hold
out a bit longer.
The pageant of digits comprising the number pi
doesn’t stop at the page’s edge.
It goes on across the table, through the air,
over a wall, a leaf, a bird’s nest, clouds, straight into the sky,
through all the bottomless, bloated heavens.
Oh how brief - a mouse tail, a pigtail - is the tail of a comet!
How feeble the star’s ray, bent by bumping up against space!
While here we have two three fifteen three hundred nineteen
my phone number your shirt size the year
nineteen hundred and seventy-three the sixth floor
the number of inhabitants sixty-five cents
hip measurement two fingers a charade, a code,
in which we find hail to thee, blithe spirit, bird thou never wert
alongside ladies and gentlemen, no cause for alarm,
as well as heaven and earth shall pass away,
but not the number pi, oh no, nothing doing,
it keeps right on with its rather remarkable five,
its uncommonly fine eight,
its far from final seven,
nudging, always nudging a sluggish eternity
to continue.

–Wislawa Szymborska

Vlatka Horvat, Stanisław Dróżdż, Mario Merz, Szymon Kobylarz, Ryszard Wasko, Jan Dibbets

Szymon Kobylarz

Mario Merz, Stanisław Dróżdż, Vlatka Horvat, Marlena Kudlicka, Daniel Buren

Jan Dibbets, Daniel Buren, Szymon Kobylarz

Jan Dibbets, Ryszard Wasko

Ryszard Wasko

Marlena Kudlicka, KwieKulik

Marlena Kudlicka

Marlena Kudlicka, Stanisław Dróżdz