Muybridge in Kingston:Trevor Appleson – Dance of Ordinariness
Inspired by pioneering Victorian photographer Eadweard Muybridge’s famous collotype sequences of human figures in motion, Dance of Ordinariness is an ambitious new film and sound installation by South African born artist Trevor Appleson. Dance of Ordinariness forms part of Muybridge in Kingston, a programme of exhibitions and events taking place in Muybridge’s own birthplace, to accompany the first major UK retrospective of his work at Tate Britain this autumn.
To develop his new work Appleson was given privileged access to objects from Kingston Museum’s unique collection of rare material that Muybridge himself bequeathed to his hometown.
Dance of Ordinariness was developed through a residency undertaken by the artist at The London Contemporary Dance School, where he invited dancers to reinterpret actions that relate, directly and indirectly, to the various visual narratives that Muybridge himself built into his original motion studies. The resulting film-installation is an absorbing work that combines incidental gesture and choreographed movement to explore the interrelationships between performer and observer, author and human subject.
Dance of Ordinariness is launched to coincide with Muybridge Revolutions, a new exhibition at Kingston Museum that investigates Muybridge’s groundbreaking contribution to the development of the moving image, featuring an extensive and unprecedented display of his beautiful and rarely seen Zoöpraxiscope discs.
Please visit www.MuybridgeinKingston.com for more information.
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