3,1 is a homage to Francis Picabia’s Dada magazine 391, founded in Barcelona in 1917. The original magazine comprised 19 issues and included in addition to essays and drawings of Picabia contributions among others of Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and Tristan Tzara. 391 was published in Barcelona, New York, Zürich and Paris. To recall the [...]
Back in Paris after World War I, Duchamp experimented with machines that produced optical effects, work he had begun in New York. When this machine is set in motion, the circles appear to pulsate toward the viewer. The copper ring around the dome’s circumference is engraved with French words chosen for the way their sounds echo one another: Rrose Selavy et moi esquivons les ecchymoses des esquimaux aux mots exquis (Rrose Selavy and I dodge the Eskimos’s bruises with exquisite words).