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date: 04 July 2020

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This chapter presents a cross-history of motion visualization, especially in relation to the human movement duration in time-based media. Such a crossover discourse from chronophotography to photodynamism facilitates a number of shifts from analytical to nonanalytical, and from scientific to artistic visual experimentation. Because chronophotography and dynamophotography remain unresolved fields, they offer a distinct way of perceiving how the body moves, quite separate from cinematic vision, which has become congealed into a dominant disciplinary visual and academic discourse. Within a chronophotographic collection of visual histories, the impact of classical movement analysis and Etienne Jules-Marey’s chronophotographic science on modern chronophotographic art (such as that of Marcel Duchamp) and Italian photodynamism is key. This complex historical crucible presents us with an enduring tradition of hybrid experimentalism in the visualization of the moving (dancing) body, which persists in digital contexts through work that combines chrono- and dynamophotographic visions.

Keywords: chronophotography, dynamophotography, Etienne-Jules Marey, Marcel Duchamp, photodynamism

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