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17 APRIL 2014

Jean Tinguely: Art, Machines and Motion

"Jean Tinguely exhibited in a show titled 'Art, Machines and Motion' at the Kaplan Gallery, London, in November 1959. In conjunction with that exhibition, Tinguely held a conference and performance at the Institute of Contemporary Art on November 16 titled 'Static, Static, Static! Be Static!' During the event, 1.5 km of paper drawn by two cyclists on his meta–matic bicycle were spread through the audience while Tinguely read his theory of movement and machines simultaneously heard on radio in Paris."

(Rosemary O'Neill, p.159)

Rosemary O'Neill (2011). Total Art and Fluxus in Nice. "Art and Visual Culture on the French Riviera, 1956–1971: The Ecole De Nice", Ashgate Publishing Limited.



1959abstract artanarchicart exhibition • Art Machines and Motion (exhibition) • auto-generateavant-garde artistsbicycleBritish Pathecontraptiondo-it-yourself • Ewan Phillips • generative artgenerative compositional techniqueInstitute of Contemporary Artsinteractive artironicJean Tinguely • Kaplan Gallery • kinetic sculptureLondonmachine aestheticmachinesmechanical device • meta-matic bicycle • meta-maticsmid 20th-centurymotion • movement and machines • moving machinesnewsreel • Nouveau Realistes • paperParisplayfulradiorobot artrobotised assemblagessculptorsculpture • speed sculpture


Simon Perkins

World's first colour film footage viewed for first time

"'It's very significant indeed, it's the world's first natural colour film and the fact that it's a Brit who invented it is fantastic.'

Bryony Dixon, curator of silent film at the British Film Institute (BFI) National Archives, said the 1902 footage was of international significance for the cinema world.

The films were made by Edward Raymond Turner from London who patented his colour process on 22 March, 1899. Some of the footage features Mr Turner's children in the garden of their home in Hounslow."

(12 September 2012, BBC News)

The world's first colour moving pictures dating from 1902 have been found by the National Media Museum in Bradford after lying forgotten in a tin for 110 years.



1902BFIBFI National ArchiveBritish Film Institute • Charles Urban • cinema • cinema apparatus • colour • colour effect • colour filmcolour process • colour reproduction • cultural history • Edward Raymond Turner • George Albert Smith • historical importancehistory of cinema • international significance • invention • invention of cinema • Kinemacolour • mechanical deviceNational Media Museumnatural colour • natural colour film • non-standard size • pioneeringprojectorsilent cinemasilent filmTechnicolortechnology innovationUK


Simon Perkins
24 FEBRUARY 2004

Vorsetzer: Leather-covered Fingers

"The device is named the 'push–up player' in English, and in German it's the 'Vorsetzer', which sets before the keys. It is a cabinet, separate from the ordinary piano, which has leather–covered fingers to push down the keys. Inside the cabinet is the same pneumatic mechanism as in the pianola. These machines were produced for only a few years, until the piano manufacturers began making pianos with the player mechanism inside: the well–known Pianola! The Vorsetzer –– the push–up player –– is very convenient, however, for public concerts, because the concert hall provides a fine concert piano. For the same reason, it is very convenient to make audio recordings: just transport the Vorsetzer to a studio which is already equipped with a fine concert piano. This is much easier than transporting a concert grand player piano to the studio or the concert hall."



eather-covered fingers • mechanical devicemusical instrumentpianopiano music • pianola • player piano • push-up player • Vorsetzer

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