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Mr. Edison’s Ear is an experimental video documentary that probes the relationship between sound and technological reproduction, and historicizes these through the Thomas Edison case. The project treats Edison’s personal and corporeal understanding of deafness as crucial to his invention of the phonograph. Historically, the video explores how the phonograph functions as a metaphor for the pain of entry into modernity. The video is a collage of contemporary technologies and archival sources most of which originate from the five-million-piece Edison archive. The collaged material includes early films, wax cylinder and diamond disc archival sound recordings, patent documents, illustrations, text selections from Edison’s letters and diaries, animation, archival photos and newspaper publications as well as interviews with theorists and scientists to contextualize this mix.