This series of five backlit screens pairs images of the Tree of Knowledge with pop-up messages. One pop up references the story of Mulla Nasrudin in which he asks a crowd, “Do you want knowledge without difficulties, truth without falsehood, attainment without effort, progress without sacrifice?” The crowd’s enthusiastic “yes” echoes the timeless human impulse for immediate gratification and easy solutions to deep and persistent existential questions. Mulla Narudin’s response reveals the impossibility of straightforward paths. “Excellent,” Mulla Nasrudin said to the crowd. “I only wanted to know. You may rely upon me to tell you about it if I ever discover any such thing.”

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