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Cinema: Motion-Illusion-Spectacle
Exploring the legacy of Eadweard Muybridge

National Film Theatre, London
26-28th November 2004

An international conference hosted by the Centre for Research in Film
and Audiovisual Cultures (CRFAC) at the University of Surrey Roehampton
and the National Film Theatre (NFT).

Mary Ann Doane (Brown University) author The Emergence of Cinematic
Time: Modernity, Contingency, the Archive
Michele Pierson (University of Queenland) author Special Effects: Still
in Search of Wonder

Call for Papers
Eadweard Muybridge's motion studies were a landmark in the development
of moving pictures. Since the work of Muybridge and other nineteenth
century innovators, illusions of motion have continued to captivate and
enthral, reaching their most contemporary expressions in the special
effects design and animation art of contemporary cinema, to the mediated
environments of interactive electronic games and simulation spectacles.

Occasioned by the centenary of Muybridge's death, Cinema:
Motion-Illusion-Spectacle will explore the legacy of Muybridge and his
contemporaries through the development of mediated illusions of motion
from pre-cinema to contemporary digital aesthetics. While focusing on
film and cinema, the conference will take a broader interest in
illusions of motion across photographic, televisual, interactive and
simulation media. The conference with examine the fascination and
attractions of such illusions and consider these developments as
participating in a culture of vision and motion from the nineteenth
century to the present day.

We are interested in receiving proposals from a wide range of research
directions relevant to the focus of the conference including:

Early cinema
Digital cinema
Visual and special effects
Spectacle and the spectacular
Science, technology and vision
Modernity and vision
Simulation environments
Sound and perceptions of motion

The venue for the conference will be the British Film Institute's
National Film Theatre (NFT) in London. To support the conference,
throughout November the NFT will be programming a series of events
relating to pre- and early cinema. Also during the period of the
conference, adjacent to the NFT the Hayward Gallery will be hosting Art
of Illusion, an exhibition focusing on many aspects of optics, optical
instruments and pre-cinematic technologies, with material from the
collection of Werner Nekes and work by contemporary (20th/21st century)

From May 2004, visit the conference web site at

Abstracts of 300 words accompanied by your name and contact details to
[log in to unmask] OR Dr Paul McDonald, School of Humanities and
Cultural Studies, University of Surrey Roehampton, Roehampton Lane,
London SW15 5PH, UK. Deadline for proposals 12th July 2004. Anyone
submitting a proposal will be notified of the outcome by 6th September

Conference Directors: Stacey Abbott, Paul McDonald and Paul Sutton.

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