Mar 08 2020

The 17th issue of the Slaves to Atopos zine series is ”Squaring the circle” by Chloe Pare.
”Squaring the circle” (edition of 27) is  the 17th issue of the Slaves to Atopos zine series, published on the occasion of Occupy Atopos #Residency Studio #Chloe Pare by Atopos cvc, March 2020, and supported by MAKE IT Laboratory, Athens Municipal Maker Space.
It’s a geometrical problem of antiquity and means ‘constructing a square equal in area to a given circle’, finally proved impossible in 1882. The phrase is used to refer to dealing with an impossible problem or situation.
”Squaring the circle” is a paper art-book where the artist Chloe Pare visualizes the process of research with a paper-cut mandala. A circle develops into a square in a visual poem about using one’s hands to give a solution, unfolding a path. Each shape can be removed by the user of the book to the tune of changing permanently.
Technical details: The zine started with an automated digital completion of shapes from circle to square on an arbitrary spiral. After digital processing, it was laser cut. The cutout is on CURIOUS METALLIC ICE GOLD 300g 70x100cm paper by Arjowiggins Creative Papers and cut at speed ~ 100 cm/min and power ~ 20 watt. The packaging is on TRANSPARENT PARCHMENT 102g 70×100 cm and cut at speed ~ 110cm min and power ~15 watt. The laser creates ashes while burning the paper to cut it and are used as part of the project.