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Installation and the Moving Image$
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Catherine Elwes

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231174503

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231174503.001.0001

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Installation and the Moving Image

Catherine Elwes

Columbia University Press

This chapter considers the lineage of moving-image installation through painting. There are obvious continuities across painting and the installation of a moving image—both practices organize pictorial elements: shapes, textures, colors, light and dark into readable signs, for the most part defined by a frame, singly or in series. The orchestration of these components draws on compositional principles, forms of staging that were developed in painting. Beyond the common artistry that unites painters and those creating moving image installations, further homologies can be found in the structuring of spectatorship around a fixed point of view in front of the image, an operational bequest from classical realist painting. This chapter also examines Cubism as a new aspect of mobility, articulated within the spatialized domain of the image itself, as well as Futurism's depictions of movement. Finally, it discusses the historical moment of rupture in which the limitations of painting were held to be inhibiting the progress of modernity in the arts.

Keywords:   moving image, installation, painting, painters, spectatorship, Cubism, Futurism, rupture

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