Happy 126th Birthday to Marcel Duchamp

On this 126th birthday of Marcel Duchamp, take six minutes to enjoy Anémic Cinéma, the short experimental film the legendary artist made with the help of Man Ray in 1926. In the film, Duchamp (who signed the project with his alter ego name, Rose Sélavy) depicts animated drawings he called “rotoreliefs” made of cardboard circles that spun on a turntable to create optical illusions.

At right, view the short film along with another optical illusion of Duchamp’s, Coeurs Volants, which uses physiological optics to literally flutter before the eyes.

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