The Peculiar New: Feelings from the experience of advancement in media

Posted: February 6, 2011 in Uncategorized

Emma Watson, who plays Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter serial Wizard/High school saga, is highlighted on the First Digital Media Magazine Cover (it moves!) done by Marie Claire.

Odd though the cover may look at this point in time (think of the Morphing in Michael Jackson’s Black and White Music Video, see below) this is what will be played out, in some form, in augmented formats of publications to come.

Lumière Brothers “ L’Arrivée d’un train à La Ciotat”, 1895,  Though it is most assuredly untrue,  it is still interesting that the anecdotal tale about this film is that it sent the audience fleeing with panic from the theater as it was thought to be a “real” train bearing down on the cinema chamber.  The first film by the Lumiere Brothers, workers leaving a factory was odd to the audience as well as they could feel a connection to the time and place far removed from them, but still “present”.

John Whitney , “Arabesque” , 1975.  Considered one of the first computer animations this video though having visual precursors in animated abstract films was a shock at the time of its release. What seemed odd to the viewer of this early computer animation is both that a computer could do this, and that the resultant artpiece had a emotional, Zen like, feeling and appeal.

Michael JacksonBlack and White”  1991. This Music Video used the new technique of morphing between two images seemingly having an object “change” into another.  This was to highlight the message of humanity having a fundamentally common base regardless of ethnicity and had a large number of individuals merge and change into one another. This was a new technique at the time and with heavy time considerations in using the programs giving access to algorithms (girds were place on beginning and end pictures, with primary “morphing” points in each image having to be assigned to one another) was not often used.  This long sequence of altering and merging humans had a ecstatic appeal to the viewers of the time.

  1. maaretta says:

    Interesting article. Nowadays we are so used to seeing strange things and special effects in films, music video, etc. that we have become so spoiled that nothing “impresses us”. Shame really.
    But, when put in perspektiv, the morphing in the Jackson video still looks amazing since it’s done so skillfully. As well as the first film clip ever recorded; that people actually where able to develop from photos to actual filming is fantastic, if not one of the most important revolutions in cultural history.
    looking at the moving cover of “Marie Claire” just shows that it’s still possible to push boundaries in effects and art making. 🙂

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