sequence of digital files, color, silent, 3 minutes and 59 seconds looped, 2010
A stroboscopic, geometric pattern highlights details in a shot of men being processed as new recruits in the U. S. Marine Corps. The list of “contraband” materials includes needles and syringes, subversive literature, and prophylactics. The names of these items are so compelling that they nearly divert attention from the unclothed men in the foreground of the shot. The film has deteriorated so much that red is virtually the only color left in the original material. Contraband alternates this color with its complement, an icy cyan, to hallucinatory effect.