Experimental Practices: Thinking About Gesture

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A collection of newly animated gifs from the stills | Great NPR story
Woman Dancing at Night, 1887

The Victorian Peeper | The Smithsonian | Muybridge at TATE Britain AthletesPosturingPlate1151879fromTheAttitudesofAnimalsinMotion+small
Athletes Posing, 1879



Dressing Gown, Julia Fullerton Batten

Dressing Gown, Julia Fullerton Batten

Interview | Her body of work, In Between |

FRANCESCA WOODMAN | TATE Modern | New York Review of Books
Francesca Woodman: House #3, Providence, Rhode Island, 1976





ELISE WINDSOR | Mise en abyme |

Ovoid Left, 2011


At the Guggenheim | Bio | Turns Gravity | Analysis of Gaskell’s use of light
Anna Gaskell

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Artist website | On Art 21 | Radio Interview ” Making and The Spaces We Share(On Being) | More videos about The Embodied Art of Ann Hamilton

At The Guggenheim | Interview in The New Yorker | Video! at Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam | Filling a city with cavorting couples | General Guardian link for all things Tino Sehgal | On Performativity at the Walker Art Centre

Artist  website | Sometimes Making Something Leads to Nothing |


Mark Morris Dance Group | website | VIDEO! | Photo gallery | You Tube
Martha Graham Dance
Dayton Contemporary Dance
Garth Fagan Dance
Savion Glover | Video
Sammy Davis Jr and Gregory Hines
And, there is never, ever, anything better than this or this

David Parsons Dance | CAUGHT



QUANTUM – Teaser from Cie Gilles Jobin on Vimeo.

Gilles Jobin was the 2012 artist-in-residence at the CERN* physics laboratory in Switzerland. He created an abstract dance piece inspired by concepts in particle physics. A brief description from this New York Times article.
“…dancers will begin with a subtle jiggling motion that evokes the vibration of subatomic particles, which could be seen as a sort of quantum twerk. Under crackling ambient music assembled from supercollider data by the composer Carla Scaletti, they begin to orbit and swarm, pulled by invisible forces like gravity and magnetism. The spectacle will be lit, somewhat ominously, by lamps that swing on motorized pendulums — a “lumino-kinetic sculpture” contributed by the German artist Julius von Bismarck. “You don’t have to know anything about physics, it’s not a demonstration or explanation of scientific concepts,” Mr. Jobin said. “Now that I know that everything is moving, that we are mostly made of emptiness, that our bodies are holding together with incredible forces, it feels different to move my body.


Final Project Research

I did some preliminary trials with my original idea for the final project (stemming from the UV stuff) was to capture the conversion from kinetic energy to light upon an abrupt difference in momentum, and it was not successful. Ripping tape off paper for an extended period of time also ripped the paper (duh…) and the marble smash light was too minuscule and too instantaneous to leave a mark on the paper. I feel like I would need giant marbles (perhaps the size of a car tire) for it to effectively register an image. I was unable to find the Wint-O-Green lifesavers in grocery stores, and when I asked staff, they more or less have never heard of such a thing. Because of these reasons, I think I will leave this idea on hiatus.

As said in crit for assignment three, I’d like to continue to make UV induced photograms, if I had larger paper to work with and smaller props. But I think that I am limited to time and cost, as I’d have to order materials and wait for their arrival. It is still an option I am considering based on feedback, but I guess I will make my final decision after today’s class.

So I’d like to make a return to the digital medium. My favourite kind of photography are the images that have an unfamiliar aura to a familiar scene, the ones that make me do a double-take and ask “wait, what?”. I’m interested in illusionary works that have a surreal-like quality that distorts perception and space tricks the audience. I am hoping to have the viewer ponder and plant an afterthought. I’d like to create a connection with the viewer through the strange. I have not yet come up with an exact idea or theme, but I draw some inspiration from the artists below:

John Chervinsky’s Studio Physics,

John Chervinsky - Studio Physics

John Chervinsky – Studio Physics

Elise Windsor’s Petite Maison and Of Other Spaces,

Elise Windsor - Corner Mirror from Of Different Spaces

Elise Windsor – Corner Mirror from Of Other Spaces

Liu Bolin’s Invisible Man,

Liu Bolin - Invisible Man

Liu Bolin – Invisible Man

Li Wei,


Thomas Edward’s Dust Series,

Thomas Edwards - Dust Series

Thomas Edwards – Dust Series

and Philippe Ramette.

Philippe Ramette - Irrational Contemplation

Philippe Ramette – Irrational Contemplation

I am kind of leaning towards making images without a human being, but would like a hint of human presence (such as Liu Bolin). I like constructing images from scratch as opposed to finding things, but it’s not limited to finding things and manipulating it somehow. However I’m not very proficient with photoshop and would like to avoid post-production editing (unless it’s minor touch ups). I am also considering utilizing what I’ve learned from the UV room and somehow integrating UV photograms into these images by scanning sections in, but this seems difficult to properly apply without being too obvious. Other props I’m familiar with are mirrors and the relationship between light and slow shutter speeds, but I would like to leave my comfort zone and expand. I was wondering if anyone knows of any other things I could use?