Discover The Secrets Of Chronophotography At Q Arts In Derby

By Graham Spicer | 24 August 2005
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Bath Half Marathon by Tim MacMillan. His work paved the way for the effects in films like The Matrix. Photo courtesy Q Arts

A new exhibition in Derby features cutting edge cinematic technology as seen in TV commercials and films like The Matrix.

The Sequences exhibition, running until October 2005 at Q Arts, explores the art of chronophotography as it has developed over the last century. Defined as taking a set of photographs of a moving object to record its movement, chronophotography had long been in the shadow of cinema but is emerging again in film post-production and digital media.

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Time piece by Tess Glanville. Photo courtesy Q Arts

"Artists have found that sequences of images offer new opportunities for exploring the timeless issues such as subjectivity, the subject’s experience of time and space and the aesthetics that operate at the intersection of time and space," said Louise Clements, Programme Manager at Q Arts.

Many new works have been specially commissioned for the exhibition, including pieces by Tim MacMillan, whose revolutionary ‘Time Slice’ technique helped to pave the way for the cinematic effects found in The Matrix.

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Artists are using these techniques to explore the subject's experience of space and time. Cat CineSpinner by Rufus Butler Seder. Photo courtesy Q Arts

MacMillan’s original time slice camera is on show and other works from the early days of photography are also displayed. Etienne-Jules Marey, who died in 1904, was a pioneer of chronophotography and many of his groundbreaking works like Magic Lantern are on show alongside those of his contemporaries.

“This is a fascinating exhibition which asks very important questions about the role of art and cinema in the world today,” added Louise.

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Tradar by Pia Jonsson. Photo courtesy Q Arts

A number of animation workshops will be running alongside the exhibition and more details can be found on Q Arts’ website.

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