Philippe-Alain Michaud

Capturing Metamorphosis lecture series

23 Sep 2010

Metamorphosis is intrinsically related, or nearly synonymous to film. It is cinematic on at least two levels: the construction scenes that convey a complex narrative can arguably be related to montage, and the visual rendering of the instantaneity of metamorphosis can be related to special effect. From the jump cut effects explored by Geroges Melies and his followers to Emile Co...hl 's Fantasmagorie (1908) , made only of white line in continous transformation drawn on a black background to Bruce Nauman's Pulling Mouth, a selfportrait shot with a high speed camera, cinema develops a generalized system of metamorphosis, which will be analyzed from an anthropological point of view in the light of the ornamental art of the grotesque.


Capturing Metamorphosis - bron

Round Table Discussion

Curatorial team and artists: Alena Alexandrova, Martine van Kampen, Vladimir Stissi, James Beckett, Rob Johannesma, Barbara Philipp, Rebecca Sakoun

Philippe-Alain Michaud is the curator in charge of the film collection at the Centre Pompidou, Paris. He is the author of Aby Warburg et l'image en movement (Paris, 1998; English version: Aby Warburg and the Image in Motion, New York, 2004), Le peuple des images (Paris, 2002), Sketches. Histoire de l’art, cinema (Paris, 2006). He has curated the exhibitions Comme le rêve, le dessin (Paris, Musée du Louvre-Centre Pompidou, 2002) and Le mouvement des images (Paris, Centre Pompidou, 2006).

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The ErfgoedLab will be open from 19:00, so you can see the exhibition before the lecture starts.