Too much Muybridge!


Too busy to blog properly. So just a quick roundup of events over the past few days…….

Monday – following some successful research that’s detailed in my previous post – to the Tate opening with Mo, and it’s full of wonderful things … of course. But I spend most of the time talking with nice people, including Philip Brookman, who was responsible for the original Washington show, and the marvellous catalogue, and Ian Warrell, Curator of 18th and 19th century British Art. Good to see a solid turnout from Kingston, Muybridge’s home town.

Tuesday, I write my talk, “Eadweard Muybridge – Father of the Motion Picture?” –  for the opening of Kingston Museum’s exhibition Muybridge Revolutions, which will be on the 18th of this month. Lots of pictures to find and arrange.

Wednesday, I’m at the Royal Institution – where our man lectured on several occasions – for a filmed interview with Alan Yentob, for a Muybridge edition of the BBC1 Imagine programme. It’s a two-shot so questions need to be answered quickly, which doesn’t allow any time for thinking, and I fluff and splutter my way through. Later, I get an email from the editor of the Magic Lantern Society Newsletter, asking if I’d write a review of the Tate show.

Today (Thursday), I’m trying to gather together the best reviews of the Tate show, for this blog. They’ll be listed soon. And – a friend who’s a member of the Royal Academy drops by with a copy of Poetry in Motion, an article by Simon Wilson in RA Magazine, Autumn 2010.

Plus … I’ve been asked to give a talk at the Tate Britain, as part of an evening of Muybridge-related events. Something about the Zoopraxiscope, maybe. Late at Tate: Muybridge. Friday 1 October 2010 . “Late at Tate Britain draws inspiration from pioneering Anglo-American photographer Eadweard Muybridge presenting an evening of specialist talks, early film, music and interactive experiments exploring colour, light, space and movement.”

Too much Muybridge for (less than) one week, even for me!

Posted here by Stephen Herbert

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