Digital Video and Audio Art
Dance Serpentine
An early moving image (1896)
by Auguste and Louis Lumière

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This is what video (or film actually) looked like in 1896. Cinematography was just coming into its own when two French brothers, Auguste and Louis Lumière, using a camera and process of their own design, began exposing their work in Parisian cafes. Inspired by dancer Loie Fuller's famed skirt dances, in which colored lights projected onto her billowing garments, this film (and others like it) was hand-tinted to achieve similar affects. These films caused a sensation among the French public. Fuller's solo was and still is mesmerizing. These films helped to inaugurate the film industry.

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