Reason's Code (2016, 7mins, b/w, sound)

A short section from Man Ray’s film Return to Reason (1923) used anew as a graphic score, tracking the code in sequence, and randomly, at different magnifications in negative and positive. Various critics and historians see this section of Return to Reason as a redacted poem or telegram, akin to Man Ray’s ‘dumb’ poetry. Clearly, negation - black bars replacing words - signalled the potential for a new time-based visual language in the 1920s. A century later, negative aesthetics lead in new ways still.