'Intimate Presence' -- The twentieth century has seen the emergence of moving image media as a byproduct of research into the human visual perception of movement and of attempts to capture the motion patterns of humans, animals and inanimate objects. The Belgian scientist Joseph Plateau investigated the time-behaviour of our eye and invented various philosphical toys in the process. His phenakistiscope represents the beginning of animation. Etienne-Jules Marey developed his chronophotography to study the anatomy of movement, and his machines are the direct precursors of what has become the cinematograph. These embryonic mediaforms have in the course of the century been codified into relatively fixed moving media such as cinema and television with their respective dominant languages and image industries. This evening focuses on a number of people who as it were construct their own media in order to achieve a more personal way to deal with images. In their work they try to keep the inventive and open spirit of these experimenters of more than a century ago. Their work deals directly with the fundamental mechanics of the moving image.
The evening consisted of four separate presentations/performances:
Edwin Carels, 'Plateau, Duchamp and the Machine Célibataire', lecture.
Bruce McClure, 'The Strob-Optical Machine', performance/installation.
Norbert Schliewe, 'Die Luft über dem Toaster', presentation/installation.
Joost Rekveld, '#19', performance with live-music by Edwin van der Heide.