Muybridge´s images are full of motion but the movement is a procedure that is non-movement. The couple waltzing on the phenakistoscope disk dances in a circle, the horse gallops in place and movement always starts from scratch, never ending. There is no beginning and no end: there is movement, but no time! This is absurd but beautiful. The idea of wholeness emerges. To enhance the absurd movement I’ve flipped the image and copied the two pictures over each other. Now the woman goes forward and backward at the same time. A step forward and a step back, and all at the same time. Fantastic: she moves, yet she doesn’t.
Woman Walking Downstairs