“Following an NPR story on the first-ever retrospective of Eadweard Muybridge’s work at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, NPR invited the public to submit Muybridge-inspired creations. We left the guidelines open, asking only that the pieces somehow carry the father of motion pictures into 2010. We received hundreds of submissions — animations, paintings, sculptures, still photographs, dancing bananas and murder mysteries.
After review by our panel of judges — Corcoran senior curator Philip Brookman, film director Mark Neale (who created U2’s Muybridge-inspired “Lemon” video), NPR multimedia editor Heather Murphy, NPR Picture Show blogger Claire O’Neill and NPR designer Callie Neylan — we have our favorites.
Overall Contest Winners:
The top three winners all take Muybridge’s iconic galloping horse in new and interesting directions.
This sculpture sits in the lobby of an apartment building in San Francisco. Brown created it using small mirrors with reverse cutouts of Muybridge’s iconic galloping horse. Light-emitting diodes aimed at each mirror are quickly flashed, reflecting the image of the horse onto the frosted glass face of a bell jar and thereby reanimating the horse.
Fort, who calls himself the “Kinetic King,” takes the domino-effect to a new level, incorporating thousands of Popsicle sticks, piles of plastic cups, blocks swimming flippers and more in a chain reaction that goes on for nearly five minutes. At one point a string is pulled releasing a cardboard flipbook of Muybridge’s galloping horse. Want to see more? He’ll be performing his Muybridgeoscopes live at the Corcoran Gallery of Art on July 10th. (The judges did not know this when his video was selected).
This stop-action animation piece, created by a Corcoran student just for the contest, offers a sweet take on Muybridge’s legendary study of horses. Melendez created the horse out of duct tape and the little Muybridge figure out of Play-Doh.
Most Unusual Design:
Using 3-D modeling, a teacher at the Art Institute of Philadelphia created a Muybridge-inspired chess board just for the contest, angling the pieces in the direction they’d move during the game. Jones says he’s now considering turning the model into a real chess board.’
Congratulations from Muy Blog to all the NPR-Corcoran Contest winners. Photographs were also eligible – more about these in a future post.
Posted here by Stephen Herbert