Sunday, November 9, 2008

Anémic Cinéma (1926)

Anémic Cinéma (1926) is a Dadaist, surrealist, or experimental film made by Marcel Duchamp. The film depicts whirling animated drawings -- which Duchamp called Rotoreliefs -- alternated with puns in French.

Rotoreliefs were a phase of Duchamp's spinning works. To make the optical "play toys" he painted designs on flat cardboard circles and spun them on a phonograph turntable that when spinning the flat disks appeared 3-dimensional. He had a printer run off 500 sets of six of the designs and set up a booth at a 1935 Paris inventors' show to sell them. The venture was a financial disaster, but some optical scientists thought they might be of use in restoring 3-dimensional sight to people with one eye.

In collaboration with Man Ray and Marc Allégret, Duchamp filmed early versions of the Rotoreliefs and they named the first film version Anémic Cinéma. - Wikipedia

...I think this film was best commented by a you-tuber who said, "If you are interested in the origins of contemporary art, you may want to study in depth the work of Marcel Duchamp."

Whether you like it/ choose to understand it or not, you must understand that Duchamp created an entire new realm of art. He was an inventor who paved the way for the use of film as a medium in art.

1926, think about it?


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