Motion Project

“Imagine an eye unruled by man-made laws of perspective, an eye unprejudiced by compositional logic, an eye which does not respond to the name of everything but must know each object encountered in life through an adventure of perception.” Stan Brakhage

The exploration of movement and repetition of the body in motion will form the basis of this project. In order to discover new ways of the sensory exploration of these areas we will be examining the use of Isadora and it’s live interactive capabilities.

“I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste.” Marcel Duchamp


Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2 1912 combined a subtle palate of colour and line to explore movement. It was a metaphysical attitude. The idea of looking beyond the representational is at the heart of this project. As well as Duchamp will also be looking a number of experimental filmmakers including Stephen Dwoskin, Len Lye and Liz Rhodes.

This is the state we are in, we have unlimited imagery at our disposal the question is how to find new ways of manipulating that imagery by combining human choice, selection and sensibility with digital media auto generation that is available on various platforms like Studio Artist and Isadora.

Experimental films can have a very intense use of colour, shape and tone applied, reworked and built up so that it becomes transient. This is a method worth exploring as layers through Isadora.

We will be researching opportunities where we can document body movement and, much in the way that Duchamp did in Nude Descending, apply our own sensibilities. Art that includes body movement, from the photographs of Edward Muybridge to the choreography of Pina Bausch, could also feed into these sensory experiments.

Pina Bausch – Lilies of The Valley

Pina Bausch – Vollmond




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