Isidore Isou
1925 – 2007

Isou’s Traite de bave et d’eternite (Treatise on Slime , or, in the case of its English-language title, Venom and Eternity , 1951) and Lemaitre’s Le Film est deja commence? (Has the Film Already Started?, 1951) both feature marks made directly on celluloid via painting, bleaching, and scratching. These interventions into the filmstrip, however, did not seek to represent inner vibrations, introduce new ways of seeing, or reveal hidden truths, but were used to complicate, deface, and destroy filmic representation …

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Traite de Bave et d'Eternite (1951)