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Christian Glennon Global Art Research Paper: The Artist in the Global Studio Bochner’s essay ​The Serial Attitude ​(1967).12 The essay describes Muybridge as being an early precursor to art that is based on method rather than style, such as Dada artist Marcel Duchamp's ​Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2)​ (1913). Although Duchamp's piece shows many abstract iterations of a figure descending a staircase overlaid in a single frame, the inspiration from Muybridge’s work is apparent. This is just one of many examples of Muybridge’s series impacting and inspiring work many years later.

As an artist working in photography, graphic design, and interactive video, I admire Muybridge’s meticulous and detailed photographs and series graphics from an aesthetic standpoint, but I am equally intrigued and inspired by his inventive spirit. When Muybridge wanted to capture animals moving more quickly than the current technology could permit, rather than giving up, he engineered a technical solution. In the 1870s he created a system to automatically trigger electromagnetic camera shutters in response to running horses in a way that had never been done before. In everyday practice today, I frequently find myself working with and pioneering new technology as I create artistic work that pushes the boundaries of what is currently possible. I have always seen myself as an artist, but perhaps more primarily an innovator, and therefore I can very much relate to and admire Muybridge’s accomplishments and attitude. I consider a lot of my work to be pushing technical boundaries, and I believe that Muybridge, if given today’s equipment, would be doing many things similar.

Eadweard Muybridge, the man best known for capturing the motion of horses, was much more than just a photographer. His pioneering of motion capture photography lands him a name as a father of the modern cinema, and his studies of animals and humans in motion catalyzed a

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