-Are human eyes sufficient for collecting all the data we need to understand the world?No, because the human eye can’t optain every small movement that can happen in a part of a second. The human eye can only see what is happening now – in a linear time line – and with photographies and series of photographies or film, we can break down time into many parts, stop it or go backwards in time.-What might 19th century spectators have been able to understand differently through these motion experiments?I imagine that spectators and scientists were able to examine how the human body works in a new and more detailed way. The experiments with athletes show which muscles are tense and working during a specifik activity, and that knowledge could be put into developing the traning of the athletes. The experiments with moving animals might have given some knowledge about gravity and force in a scientistic matter. And the soapbubble must have shown how a fluent matter reacts when it is bursting. In what way are these screenings early cinema-movies documentaries?Social actors, spontanity, real world, real places. real things going on.
Viewing questions for A trip down market street before the fire (1906)•Think about the different subjects, children, adults, cars, carriages, buildings and animals that come into view in this 12 min+ continuous shot with no editing. •What do movement and duration bring to the documentary quality of the photographic image? It shows us the realest picture of the life around and on market street in 1906. If the movie was edited one could suspect, that it had been so to show a certain side of market street. With a one-shot and a length of 12 minutes the movie makes the possibilities for manipulation fewer. It seemed like there had been some maniulation though – mulitple cars had been invited to go round and around to make the street seem busy – but other than that, the clip objectively documents and shows the life on market street.The movement is both more interesting to look at than the same shot in 12 minutes, and it also shows a more true picture of market street. If they had been standing at a corner, the creaters could have chosen a busy – og less busy – corner, and in that way, they couldn’t say they documented the whole street. •What can we learn about the world that this moving image comes from by observing both the content and the form in this footage?We can get an insight in the daily life of a big american city circa 1900. We can learn that movie cameras – and moving cameras – were not a familiar thing i 1906. People are paying attention to the camera, and the paperboys even pose for it and wave at it. It was a sight. The content makes the footage much more valuable because it shows in what state San Fransisco was in before the destroyful earthquake and fire. It can never be redone because of the damages in the city, that makes it unique and a very important historical document.