Kino-Gait

The second research-creation workshop of the Department of Biological Flow — “Kino-Gait” — took place on October 20 at the Lillian H. Smith Library in Toronto from 6-8pm. Taking Dziga Vertov’s concept of kino-eye and visioning it anew in the age of gait-based detection and surveillance, we engaged the following works:

1. Opening Screenings

Selections from:

* Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno’s Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait (2006).
* Don Kempf and James D. Stern’s Michael Jordan to the Max (2000).

2. Pecha Kucha Modules

Twenty slides, twenty seconds per slide:

* P. Elaine Sharpe, “Kino-Optica: Envisioning Contemporary Art”.
* Barbara Fornssler, “Gait Surfing: Body, Signal, Noise”.
* Sean Smith, “Preliminary Notes Toward a Concept of Kino-Gait”.

3. Critical Readings

A loosely moderated discussion of:

* Maurice Merleau-Ponty, “The ‘Sensation’ as a Unit of Experience.” In Phenomenology of Perception, 3-14. London: Routledge, 1962.
* Brian Massumi, “The Bleed: Where Body Meets Image.” In Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation, 46-67. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2002.

4. Closing Screenings

Selections from:

* Leni Riefenstahl’s Olympia (1938), Steve Mann’s Shooting Back (1997), David Rokeby’s San Marco Flow (2005) and Sorting Daemon (2003), plus the Department of Biological Flow’s Kino-Gait Study No.3 (2009).