STRING CYCLES (pre-face/post-face)

1989-1998, 8 min., color

STRING CYCLES is an allegory for the transmission of knowledge in the Internet age, utilizing the ancient art form of string figures, popularly known as Cat's Cradles. It is a weave of traditional storytelling—from African folktales and the Homeric epics—to the visual poetics of Mallarmé. These themes are juxtaposed with "superstring" theories in physics and the Buddhist story of Indra's Net, which tells of an endless series of threads connecting the universe.