"Like his contemporary Eadweard Muybridge, Marey, a physiologist, was interested in the science of human movement. By 1882, he had developed a single camera method that he called chronophotography, which allowed him to make images of human and animal movement. His camera was the forerunner of the motion picture camera.
Marey’s chronophotographs were some of the first images to illustrate the exact process of body movement.”
Superstudio, Monumento Continuo, 1969-1971
Music video for the track June, from August EP by Sigurd Ytre-Arne.
Portraits, a set on Flickr.
Automated Dislocation, a set on Flickr.
Monolith #1, a set on Flickr.
Body Chop, a set on Flickr.
Punch Holes | 1969 | dir. George Semsel
Glue | 1969 | dir. George Semsel
Chemicals | 1969 | dir. George Semsel
Paint | 1969 | dir. George Semsel
"On January 1, 1969, a flood in my office-kitchen at Prince of Wales College on Prince Edward Island ruined all of my 16mm raw stock. When Larry Perron came as a visiting artist, we used this film to generate a series of non-camera experiments."
Nobuyoshi Araki, ABCD, 2003.
ABCD is a facsimile of Araki’s four over-sized notebooks lettered thus, which house enlarged contact prints from 94 rolls of film made by him in the early `70s; each is numbered and sequenced in chronological order.
The developer used to develop these negatives was over-heated, causing the emulsion to reticulate and break apart in random fashion. The physical, degenerative effect on the images, lends itself to existential interpretation as if they had survived the blast. The reservoir of images is extracted from everyday life and in essence chronicles Araki’s experience. There is little epiphany in the interpretation of subject matter, shifting from generic urban landscape to sexual acts. The marriage of the mundane and the erotic is at the core of Araki’s canon and here, in 1972, he is laying the conceptual foundation for all future work.