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A l’infinitif
Timo Menke

The film is based on instructions for a cinematic alphabet given by Marcel Duchamp in a brief recording of the text with the same title. The text was written in 1912 (!) and recorded in 1967. The record label SubRosa released this sound fragment during the 90s.

‘(…) Menke illustrates Marcel Duchamp’s theory about language of photographs and films. Unrecognisable close-ups of random objects can be given a meaning that can be translated into words. We hear the voice of Duchamp reading from A l´infinitf: a text from 1920 in which he has laid down his theory.’ (from IMPAKT Festival for audiovisual arts 15-19 may, Utrecht, Netherlands. Screened in programme ‘Panorama 13 Ritual’)

English title A l’infinitif
Aspect ratio 1.33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:04:28
Language English
Color Color
Year 1997
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About the artist

Timo Menke

Timo Menke was born in Germany, and lives and works in Sweden since 1988. He received a Master of Fine Arts from Konstfack, the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm in 1999. Between 2004 and 2014 he has been teaching as Senior lecturer at the department of art at Konstfack, Stockholm. He is also engaged at the Filmform foundation, the Art Film and Video Archive, in Stockholm, dealing with archiving and distribution of film and video art.