Ballet Mécanique, Fernand Léger, 1924

Ballet Mécanique is a short piece of video art, considered extremely experimental for its time. It is a representation of the new mechanical world, through a series of repeated images carefully pieced together to make a ‘ballet’ sequence from everyday scenarios and objects from the modern world. It draws from Cubism, Dadaism, and surrealism, and would be considered an avant-garde work.

I find the concept of this work quite interesting in the way it represents everyday life as a clockwork cycle and repeated sequence, but elegantly. The juxtaposition in the film makes it thought provoking to watch, providing an insight into the way the world was developing and how art was reacting to that.


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