S+ Stimulant: Man Ray's Starfish


It has never been my object to record my dreams, just the determination to realize them.” – Man Ray


L’Étoile de mer  (The Starfish) is a 15 min film directed in 1928 by Man Ray. The film ‘script’ was written by Robert Desnos.

We like it for many reasons, but particularly because of its poetic & blurry visual style which was very innovative at the time.

Man Ray was a significant contributor to both the Dada and Surrealist art movements, both of which Seymour finds particularly compelling.

Dada “rejected reason and logic, prizing nonsense, irrationality and intuition.”

Surrealism “experimented with a new (at that time) mode of expression called automatic writing, or automatism, which sought to release the unbridled imagination of the subconscious.”

Published: June 11th, 2012

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