In the Blink of an Eye: Media and Movement at the National Media Museum, Bradford


This exhibition at the National Media Museum looks like one of the best shows of the year. Thankfully, it’s up through mid-October, so if you’re in or near Bradford, there’s still time to see it. How I wish I could go! The website provides a great overview of the exhibition, which seems to be divided up into seven sections in two galleries:
Gallery 1 : Toys and Magic, Photographing Movement, Slicing Time, Capturing Motion, Time and Motion.
Gallery 2: Stopping time, Seeing the Invisible.

Ottomar Anschutz, Horse Jumping a Hurdle, 1886.

I love the way these sections are arranged; such a framework enables a really interesting range of materials to be drawn together, like optical toys, the motion studies of Muybridge and Marey, chronocyclegraphs (to track workers’ movements and improve efficiency), and two contemporary commissions. The core themes of capturing, parsing, and reassembling motion, as well as how such techniques alter the registers of what can be made visible, all seem so compelling. Go if you can, and check out the website for some nice images and an excellent list of resources.

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In the Blink of an Eye: Media and Movement at the National Media Museum, Bradford

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