Monday, February 18, 2008

Marcel Duchamp - Anemic Cinema

Filmed in 1926 using rotating discs. This was officially by Rrose Selavy, Duchamp's female alter ego. Anemic Cinema, a near palindrome, was a collaboration between Duchamp and Man Ray. Their first encounter involved playing tennis without a net, yet carefully keeping score. Here in "Anemic Cinema" the authors explore wordplay intermixed with optical illusions. Duchamp enjoyed words, their sound as much as their meaning. Even his alter ego Rrose Selavy, created for his American audience, is a play on Rose C'est la vie. For Duchamp the interpretation was as much a part of the art, as the object itself.
The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act.
Read more about Man Ray and Duchamp here and at Wikipedia.

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