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Meet the Artist: Rufus Butler Seder and Meredith Bak

Media and Screen Studies, the Department of Art + Design, and Snell Library at Northeastern University present artist and inventor Rufus Butler Seder, with respondent Meredith Bak, Artemis A. W. and Martha Joukowsky Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University.

Boston area artist/inventor Rufus Butler Seder makes movies without film, video, electricity or motors. His LIFETILES
murals, installed around the world, contain life-sized images that appear to move when people walk by them. He is the author of the bestselling Scanimation® kids’ books (like GALLOP, STAR WARS Scanimation®and The Wizard of Oz Scanimation®) where images come to life when the pages are turned. In “Magic, Art, and Motion Pictures,” he explains how and why he does what he does, touching on the history of motion picture devices and toys, his own award-winning independent films, the optically animated art of others, and his ongoing exploration into new ways of making pictures move.

Meredith Bak holds a PH.D in Film and Media Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research is on technologies of vision and pre-cinematic optical toys. She will provide a response that locates Seder’s work in the broader context of optical art and illusion.

Contact: Carol Medige mscr@neu.edu

Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Snell Library 90, 90
360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA, Boston

Event Type

Exhibition, Book Talk/Reading, Panel/Roundtable Discussion


College of Arts, Media & Design





Sponsoring Organization

Media and Screen Studies, Department of Arts, Media and Design, University Libraries

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