The artist began to notice totally black images within certain films, images that were invisible in normal conditions of perception. He spent years systematically sampling them from subtitled foreign-language films, photographing images directly on the television screen by using the slo-mo and freeze-frame buttons on his VCR. To date, his Excédents series comprises some fifteen black images, constituted by three subsets: cross sections (an integral part of the film), inserts (intertitle cards in silent films) and the actual Excédents as such, which are black shots grafted onto the film for no apparent reason. In Spectre (Ghost) the sampling was done on colour films. The four primary colours are all represented. The images are displayed in light boxes with wide black edges

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