Wallace Berman’s film Aleph is both a transmission and an unfinished, unstable aesthetic document. Since the film object is unfinished, abandoned by the artist and left incomplete with excess fragments, it possesses unstable meaning. Yet through this instability, an expansive artistic process is brought to light. Aleph is a physical representation of a continual process, a process that unfolds in the making of the film, in the experience of the film, and embedded in the film itself. This process is what marks the film object as both enacting a transmission of artistic meaning and as a representation of transmission.
(“Art is Love is God”: Wallace Berman and the Transmission of Aleph, 1956-66
by Chelsea Ryanne Behle)
Film score: Mellankeffekt