installation – La persistance reptilienne, Gran Lux, St Etienne 20 sept – 24 sept 2017

La persistance reptilienne

(visible pendant Eden au Gran Lux, St Etienne)

une installation d’un dispositif cinétique strobo-animé

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Notre perception du mouvement par la persistance rétinienne est aujourd’hui contestée scientifiquement au profit de processus de mémorisation complexes de notre cerveau. (Voir cette page )

Cette installation est une exploration non-linéaire du mouvement et de la perception. C’est aussi une reflection autour des mythes et la persistance et la perpetuation de fausses croyances…


La persistance reptilienne (The persistence of persistence of vision )

This installation is a non-linear exploration of movement and perception. It is also a reflection about myths and the persistence and perpetuation of false beliefs.

The installation is a stroboscopically-animated turning device, a sort of neo-precinematographic  apparatus, which, ironically, refuses to be perfectly filmed.

Our perception of movement in cinema as explained by the phenomenon of the persistence of vision is contested. According to an article which appeared in 1976 by Joseph Anderson and Barbara Fisher, the persistence of vision is a myth perpetuated by film theorists for lack of understanding or curiousity about the actual processes which occur. In brief, the persistence of vision says that images remain on the retina for a fraction of a second after being seen. The theory which perpeptuates the myth says that in order for us to perceive movement in cinema, our eye blends each image with the previous one to obtain the illusion of movement. However, if this were the case, we would see a pile-up of images, much like Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase…

Our perception of movement in cinema can better be explained by complex processes by the eye and the brain together, and not merely ‘a fault’ of the eye as previously thought. In a follow-up article Anderson suggests that our perception of cinema is more closely related to how we understand movement in the “real” world.