Dancers at the Edge of Spacetime – Memories

Dancers at the Edge of Spacetime 1 Memories



Dancers at the Edge of Spacetime 2 Memories

This is part of a series of images  that began with screen captures from a couple of Fred & Ginger movies.   The reinterpretation of the images, combined with music that crosses genres, explores the themes of memory & time, and how the constructed realities of Mass Media become a metaphor for the relationship between our linear existence and spacetime.


We use Mass Media to enhance and manipulate memory, altering our experience of events. We relive events through Mass Media, and we create new experiences through forms of Mass Media that suggest another time and place.   In 1895, H.G. Wells in his novel, The Time Machine, reflected on the concept of spacetime, “There is no difference between Time and any of the three dimensions of Space except that our consciousness moves along it”. He added, “Scientific people…know very well that Time is only a kind of Space.”


17 thoughts on “Dancers at the Edge of Spacetime – Memories

  1. Amazing clip! Those dancers are fabulous, not to mention the singer and musicians. The images are very interesting and thought provoking in combination with you thoughts and the H.G. Wells quote. Great post. Loved it!

    1. Many thanks. As this series progresses, it moves further from the original shots, becoming more abstract and incorporating other dance forms & music.

      I thought this piece of music worked very well with the concept I was attempting to convey. I started with digitally modified images derived from classic musicals of the 1930s and the music by Postmodern Jukebox is a re-imagining of contemporary hits in the style of an age. What could be more fitting than a Lady Gaga song done in a late 30s/early40s jazz style with tappers and combine that with the digital interpretations of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers ? 😀

      Postmodern Jukebox has a wonderful knack of finding remarkable versatile young singers to front the troupe . In my post, Ball of Yarn – Enter Here, I included a performance of singer, when she was a bit younger. She performs “Fields of Gold”. Such different styles, you would hardly believe she is the same person. 🙂

      1. Yes, if one was just going by the voice and style there is no way you’d guess it was the same singer. I look forward to seeing how this series develops. Thanks for giving me more information and more understanding about your work!

      2. Thanks Katherine. I am fascinated by how there is a convergence of old and new Mass Media. It creates an implied space where new forms and concepts grow and evolve.

        Your blog is an example of this . The online sharing of your photobooth collection, with background information on the collection and research, creates a meeting ground old content and form.

        Have you ever considered turning a selection of images and text into a video ? It would fit in with some of the work posted on Vimeo. 🙂

      3. Hi Joseph? Funny you should mention that, as I did a collaboration with Dick Jewell in the UK which is on Vimeo. The only text was the occasional date. It uses all the photos I had taken of myself in booths, from 1973 to 2011. I am hoping he might up date it at some point. This is the link

      4. Hello Katherine. I use the tags on Reader to explore, but usually go direct to the actual post – I’m “old school” and use a desktop computer . 😀

        A few weeks back, WP were having a problem with their aps settings and all the images in the reader were being cropped and presented in a wide screen mode. The medium messed the message. This is going to be an ongoing problem as they try to deliver content across different digital devices that respond differently to the media’s format. photo

    1. Many thanks. There are two more in the set – these are now posted. It evolved in unexpected ways.The process of moving back and forth from image to text fed and directed the development. I say that, to make it sound more arty and sophisticated. 😀

      1. May you enjoy the meal and digest with serene pleasure.
        Serene Pleasure is a lovely lady. 😉

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