Inanimate Reason 2

Inanimate Reason 2 sequels Inanimate Reason 1 presenting darker more surreal photographs with a notable process difference, being the use of digital media to facilitate a cinematic aspect ratio.

The artificial body personifies the non living, being given life.  Von Kempelen’s automaton ‘Chess Player’ concealed a human operator. Maerterlinck’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 surreal photographs showing self-portraits-as-marionette to reference postmemory, memory and experience, made surreal by using a pinhole process to imply the subconscious, and realised as cinematic format photographic prints. Dark yet playful, sometimes difficult to look at, the images form a narrative examining the forces of memory upon the artist, and by proxy, the viewer.


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