“English photographer Eadweard Muybridge was a pioneer in visual studies of human and animal locomotion. In 1872, he famously helped settle a bet for former California governor Leland Stanford by photographing a galloping horse. Muybridge invented a complex system of electric shutter releases that captured freeze frames—proving conclusively, for the first time, that a galloping horse lifts all four hooves off the ground for a fraction of a second. For the next three decades, Muybridge continued his quest to fully catalog many aspects of human and animal movement, shooting hundreds of horses and other animals—and of nude or draped subjects engaged in various activities such as running, walking, boxing, fencing, and descending a staircase (the latter study inspired Marcel Duchamp’s famous 1912 painting….Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904), born in England but active as a photographer in the United States for most of his adventurous life, was a key figure in photographic history. On giant glass plates he captured the natural splendor of Yosemite and photographed panoramas of San Francisco. He notoriously shot and killed his wife’s lover, but his fame was earned by solving the problems of short-time exposure—and exploiting its possibilities. His subsequent studies of human and animal movement became the ultimate passion of Muybridge, the chronophotographer and predecessor of cinema.” Taschen Books just released a collection of Muybridge’s photographs: Eadweard Muybridge, The Human and Animal Locomotion Photographs.
Directed by Lars Larsen. The first music video to utilize “an analogue video synthesizer” called the LZX Visionary, which “manipulates and creates images in the same way a normal synthesizer does for sounds.”
Iconoclast, former designer of Dior Homme, photographer Hedi Slimane to release a collection of his photography over the last ten years. In his own words: “I started taking pictures before I even began in fashion. I didn’t start with clothes until I was 16, but I had my first camera when I was 11. I’ve always taken pictures, almost like some people take notes or write down their thoughts.” Limited box-set edition consisting of four volumes, the “Hedi Slimane: Anthology of a Decade” will be released on March 1, 2011.
“Photo session with a naked girl covered with sugar syrup exposed to several kilos of living flies [bought] for the occasion.” Artist Zoran Todorovic lives and works in Belgrade. www.zorantodorovic.com
Gabriel Orozco”Black Kites Perspective”
The exhibit Thrice Upon A Time is open for another six days at the Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall. “This is the largest exhibition to date with artworks taken exclusively from the Magasin 3 collection. It is presented in three parallel chapters featuring a total of 202 works, all of which have not previously been shown at Magasin 3. 66 artists ranging from Absalon to Zetterquist fill the exhibition spaces with photography, drawing, painting, film and sculpture. Key works by established artists are shown alongside pieces by artists who have not previously exhibited in Sweden. Together these works give an unsurpassable insight into the Magasin 3 collection. In conjunction with the exhibition we have published a magazine, which is handed out to all museum visitors.” More info here.
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Pink Narcissus, an underground cult film in the same vein as the films of Kenneth Anger, was shot on 8mm film over a seven year period (1963 to 1970). The film tells the story, without dialog and in grandiose technicolor pink, of a young gay male prostitute alone is world of his sexual fantasies. The entire film, except for the last scene, and including all outdoor scenes, was shot on location in the director’s small Manhattan apartment. Interestingly, the film was released without the directors consent and was therefore credited to “anonymous.” For years it was not known who made the film; some people simply assumed Andy Warhol was behind it. In the 1990s writer Bruce Benderson, who was obsessed with the film, finally revealed through an exhaustive search that film’s director is cult artist James Bidgood. Pink Narcissus was just screened in London at the Fashion in Film Festival. The festival runs until Dec 12th.
Paul Éluard was a poet, literary critic, artist and one of the founding members of surrealism. He was also the first husband of Gala, who after one his bouts of tuberculosis left Éluard for Salvador Dali. You can find his selected writings Shadows and Suns, with a cover illustrated by Picasso, here.
“She looks into me
The unknowing heart
To see if I love
She has confidence she forgets
Under the clouds of her eyelids
Her head falls asleep in my hands
Where are we
He alive she alive
And my head rolls through her dreams.”