Inanimate Reason 1

‘Inanimate reason 1’ is a largely autobiographical project executed using the analogue Ondu medium format pinhole camera to create surreal photographs to create other worldly environmental (sometimes self) portraits, and portraits of a marionette/characters depicting a marionette, to explore how the past communicates with and determines the present (and visa versa). 

The artificial body personifies the non living, being given life.  Von Kempelen’s automaton ‘Chess Player’ concealed a human operator. Maeterlinck’s actors played marionettes, playing characters.  In a clear analogy with postmemory, the non living influence the living, who in turn influence the dead.

Inanimate Reason’ presents portraits-as-and-of-marionette, to reference postmemory, memory and experience, via surreal photographs by using a pinhole process to imply the subconscious, and realised as photographic prints. 


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