Techniques for the Creation of Cubist Video



In 2008 I began a project to duplicate the technique(s) found in “Nude Descending a Staircase” using Max/MSP and any solo-dance video.


For theory, you can refer to Edward Fry’s beautiful book Cubism for a “canonical” approach to cubism. There are a dozen copies at the Strand.


My approach to cubist video employs the following techniques:

  • the breakdown and rearrangement of objects in space
  • the breakdown and rearrangement objects over time
  • different perspectives

All of these components can be found in Duchamps and Picasso. Video allows for more complicated implementations of more or less the same ideas.