A selection of 54 images concerning scientific movement, each one meticulously captioned, has been posted by Alan Griffiths on his Luminous Lint website:
The study of movement through a sequence of successive still photographs was the foundation of cinema. It is a strange coincidence that two of the photographers whose research on the movement of animals and humans were born and died in the same years – Étienne Jules Marey ( 1830-1904) in France and Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904) in the UK. Their innovations of multiple cameras, multiple images on single plates and improved shutters had enormous implications for physiology, medicine, sports and art where animal movement could now be shown with scientific accuracy for the first time. There were other scientists who should not be overlooked Ottomar Anschütz (1846-1907), Arthur Clive Banfield (1875-1965), Prof. A.M. Worthington, Ernst Mach, the Bragaglia brothers in Italy, the researchers into efficient workflows Frank B. and Lillian Gilbreth and Harold E. Edgerton (1903-1990) whose mastery of the stroboscopic flash captured multiple moments on a single frame.
Although the majority of the photographs in this exhibition created were for scientific purposes the influence they had on the art world was enormous. Thomas Eakins (1844-1916) saw the implications early on and without their inspirational images Marcel Duchamp’s oil painting Nude Descending a Staircase (1912) could not have been created. That work itself led to Eliot Eliofson’s wonderful photograph for Life Magazine (1952) of Duchamp descending a staircase.
This fine selection of 19th and 20th-century work serves as a good introduction to the variety of images produced by various chronophotographic methods.
Luminous Lint is a massive and impressively well organised website ‘for Collectors and Connoisseurs of Fine Photography’, featuring more than 6,000 photographers and over 28,000 images.
Don’t forget to visit The Compleat Eadweard Muybridge
Hosted by the British Film Institute, Southbank 21st May 2010, NFT2, 2.00 – 5.30pm
Location: United Kingdom
Symposium Date: 2010-05-21
From Kingston University and Kingston Museum:
In the year of a major Muybridge retrospective opening at Tate Britain, join us for this innovative symposium: the culmination of a unique Arts and Humanities Research Council project between Kingston University and Kingston Museum which concerns Muybridge’s work.
The Muybridge project has produced an online research resource which draws together information on all collections of Muybridge’s work worldwide as well as providing an academic and historical context for them. Our symposium will critically reflect on some of the crucial cultural and aesthetic questions to have arisen from this contemporary heritage project. Three talks will explore representation and the body within photography, the ideological meaning of space and place within cultural communication, and the contemporary trend towards digitization in heritage projects. A guided discussion with questions from the audience will follow, with a reception to finish.
Talks will be given respectively by Dr Harriet Riches: Senior Lecturer in Art History & Visual Culture at Kingston University. Professor Tim Cresswell, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Geography Royal Holloway, University of London and Louise Shannon, Curator, Deputy Head of Contemporary Programmes Victoria and Albert Museum and co-curator of ‘Decode’.
There is no charge for this event.
To reserve a place please telephone Emerald Day: 020 8 417 7416 (Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Kingston University)
(Posted here by Stephen Herbert)
Muybridge Chair: “Time has transformed into furniture”
The following is from an exclusive interview with Dutch designer Richard Hutten, published in Design, (Events, Profile), on 12 June 2008 by Shweta Parida. [Reproduced here by kind permission]
(And yes, we’re a couple of years late catching up with this, but I thought it was worth a blog post.)
“Des51gn speaks to famous Dutch designer Richard Hutten at the launch of his latest collection Atomes d’Argent for French luxury brand Christofle Paris.”
Muybridge Chair, from the 'Layers' collection
Muybridge is a chair named after the pioneer of photography Eadweard Muybridge.
“Being a passionate photographer myself, I had a series of pictures taken of me in profile while I got up from a seated position and had this one single movement captured in 53 shots, according to the technique devised by Muybridge. The pictures were then enlarged and laser-cut in MDF slabs that were glued to each other in the order in which they were taken. Thus a chair was created, in which one literally sits on my lap! The upper legs are the seat, while the torso is the back, and the movement of raising the body also creates an armrest. Time has transformed into furniture.”
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