|Wednesday, November 6, 2002|
This is not a post
When thinking about placing This is not a cup on the side of a cup, we refer to Magritte's painting The Treachery of Images.
Going further, and placing This is not a cup in Braille on the side of a cup demonstrates a distinction between Magritte's use of the word Images and the larger idea of self-referencing concepts. Magaritte's title no longer easily encompasses all that the Braille cup means.
Self-referencing statements, and concepts, have posed quite an interesting puzzle for any number of people. Perhaps the most classic is the Liar Paradox. An example of which is: This sentance is false.
Titles help frame one's perspective on a piece. Magritte's use of the word Images sets a tone for his painting. It also give additional meaning for the contemporary viewer, which Magritte may not have intended including: revisionist history, a culture coming to grips with no longer being able to trust photos, and some odd urban legends