Zeno's Paradox

Robert Arnold

2003, 05:15 minutes, B&W, no dialogue


An experimental digital video exploring the illusions of cinematic movement and depth as corollaries of Zeno's paradox: there is no motion because that which is moved must arrive at the middle of its course before it arrives at the end.

There is a picture of a tree, seen from a certain distance. The picture on the tree depicts the scene described in the previous sentence. Without moving the camera during filming, first by dissolving between a series of zooms and then by morphing between stills, we appear to approach the tree until the picture fills the frame and we are back where we started.

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