The Magic Square, An illustrated lecture and Screening with Vince Clarke, Colin Dickey, Nicole Antebi and Melissa Grey

May 19
7:00 pm
Morbid Anatomy Museum
Brooklyn, NY

This is the third version that I've created with collaborators. In this version, my collaborators are artist-animator Nicole Antebi and synthpop pioneer Vince Clarke.

The Sator or Magic Square: sator, arepo, tenet, opera, rotas, is a palindrome that can be read top-to-bottom, bottom-to-top, left-to-right, right-to-left and in a boustrophedonic, continuous back and forth. The earliest example of the ancient phrase was found in the ruins of Pompeii and in the excavations under the church of S. Maria Maggiore in Rome. It is often referred to as a Magic Square for its historic use as a device invoked in magical incantation.

Colin Dickey will present an illustrated lecture on the history of magic squares and the mystical powers of palindromes followed by the screening premiere of Magic Square, a recent visual music collaboration between Melissa Grey (music), Nicole Antebi (animation) and featuring music by electronic music pioneer, Vince Clarke.

 Magic Square   drawings by Nicole Antebi