Albert Einstein once said, "A human being is part of a whole, called by us the 'Universe,' a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest-a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty." Taking as its point of departure the paradoxical nature of the self, this volume features substantial essays on and supporting images by such provocative international artists as Janet Cardiff, Maurizio Cattelan, Emanuel Danesch and David Rych, Mario Garcia Torres, Amos Gitai, Jenny Holzer, Dennis Hopper, Jonathan Horowitz, Sanja Ivekovic, Amar Kanwar, David Lamelas, Jan Mancuska, Paul McCarthy, Boris Ondreicka, Sergio Prego, Pipilotti Rist, Hans Schabus, Cindy Sherman, Roman Signer, Monika Sosnowska, Salla Tykka and Slaven Tolj.