shiftwork - unspooled
contents : abstract : motion
studies essay : appendix : bibliography : motion
List of quotations used in Motion Studies Network
Digitalisation has fundamentally altered the way we look and are looked
at - we enter a third space - translucent, screened, scanned.
(Brown, 2002, p.6)
...much of the fascination of the earliest Lumiere screenings was
generated by beginning with a projected still photograph (a form of representation
thoroughly familiar to the spectator) and subsequently propelling it
into movement so that the temporal work of the apparatus could be displayed
as a spectacle in its own right.
(Doane, 2002, p.24)
The reconstruction of a ‘naturalized’ movement is a laborious
process...Much recent avant-garde work in film, and, now, digital media
no longer takes this reconstruction for granted but instead works to
defamiliarize this motion and time, in short, to bare the device.
(Doane, 2002, p.213)
There are wonderful inner things hidden within dancing.
(Forsythe, 1999, p.22)
The purpose of improvisation is to defeat choreography, to get back to
what is primarily dancing.
(Forsythe, 1999, p.24)
The frontiers of a book are never clear-cut; beyond the title, the first
lines, and the last full stop, beyond its internal configuration and
its autonomous, it is caught up in a system of references to other books,
other texts, other sentences: it is a node within a network.
(Foucault, 1969, p.25/26)
By the late 20th century, we are all chimeras, mythic hybrids of machine
and organism, in short, cyborgs.
(Haraway, 1983, p.1 Internet 6)
I would rather be a cyborg than a goddess.
(Haraway, 1983, p.13 Internet 6)
...perhaps the most familiar role within which we experienced and reexperienced
being a body is what I have often called an embodiment relation, that
is, the relation of experiencing something in the world through an
artifact, a technology.
(Ihde, 2002, p.xi)
In my work for both stage and film, I see myself responsible for the
vision and the concept of a piece as well as for the ‘steps’........My
perception is that the rest of the world does not see the choreographer
as a thinker and conjuror as much as a step-maker. I hope that my work
will join the work of other choreographers to change that perception.
(Marks in Mitoma, 2002, p.210)
...one of the most basic principles and most common paradigms of
the digital medium (is) the concept of random access as a basis for processing
and assembling information.
(Christiane Paul, 2003, p.15)
...computers breed what have come to be called ‘hypermedia’,
which reside in a paradoxical virtual reality where all properties exist
as numbers. Hypermedia ...transcend their forebears in ways that
give them an almost preternatural pliability involving magical metamorphoses
and effortless interconnectivity, and making them capable of introducing
radically new art forms.
(Popper, 1993, p.121)
With the railroad, human beings had begun to move faster than nature.
With the telegraph, they communicated faster. With photography, they
would come to see faster, to see what had been hidden in time.
(Solnit, 2003, p.82/83)
...it didn’t begin as heroines, as fictions, as cinema. It
began as photographs of horses in motion.
(Solnit, 2003, p.182)
Muybridge’s motion studies are like an early life form from which
wildly divergent species descend. The motion picture is the most linear
of these descendants, or looks that way in retrospect...
(Solnit, 2003, p.211)