The Horse in Motion is a reworking of Edweard Muybridges 1887 image through mobile projection performace.

The performance frees the horse from over a hundred years of being screen static to once again be set in motion. Throughout the performance, the screen or canvas is the constructed from the passing architecture or urban spaces where the projections falls.  This timeless loop running through the urban landscape creates a social engagement to the city, where the viewer becomes a single point in the collective narrative.  The horse in the image appears to be the initial inspiration for the moving image projector, the video projector, a descendant of this technology is now the poetic device for releasing the horse to run the streets as a timeless memory of its own creation.

Video documentation below from 2009

The horse in the moving projection is an animation created from the photographs of Edweard Muybridge in 1887. This was a continuation of his early experiment from 1878 whereby 12 cameras were arranged along a track parallel to the horse’s, and each of the camera shutters was controlled by a trip wire which was triggered by the horse’s hooves. They were 21 inches apart to cover the 20 feet taken by the horse stride, taking pictures at one thousandth of a second. These images lead to the creation of the Zoopraxiscope by Muybridge in 1879, it may be considered the first movie projector. By projecting images from rotating glass disks in rapid succession to give the impression of motion. The stop-motion images were initially painted onto the glass, as silhouettes. A second series of discs, made in 1892-94, used outline drawings printed onto the discs photographically, then colored by hand. The device appears to have been one of the primary inspirations for Thomas Edison and William Kennedy Dickson’s Kinetoscope, the first commercial film exhibition system.

Original image.

The image below is constructed below from the Art for Prostitutes performance in the red light district of Leeds and will be available in a limited edition A3 print of 100 in early 2011.  After each performance of the horse a limited edition print or flick book can be commissioned.

Video below from original performance in 2008.

Since these initial performances from a camper van, I have modified a rickshaw for mobile projection and exhibition installation.

Image by Benedict Phillips