The Fragments Attributed to Heraclitus

Heraclitus the Obscure is one of the most mysterious and influential ancient thinkers. Having compared the world with ever-transforming fire, he put his only treatise On Nature to the legendary Temple of Artemis at Ephesus. Awfully ironically, that fabulous building (one of the Seven Wonders of the World) was torched by the infamous Herostratus — the person who reclessly sought eternal fame. That day the manuscript with the lifework of Heraclitus died in flames. Only about 130 fragments of that treatise have miraculously survived until now.

2,600 years later we decided to make an artistic statement that would claim that cultural heritage is inseparable from its physical data-holder. Burning page by page an unfairly thin booklet with the Fragments attributed to Heraclitus, we witnessed the fragments of a manifold world getting its form in fire.

Artist: Maxim Ivanov
Design: Vika Nurislamova

Vika Nurislamova
Moscow, Russia