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I have been working on my thesis surveys these past few weeks. After sending out a set of questions to 30 different individuals i finally managed to obtain a result on which Fine Art technique is thought to be most effective in capturing movement produced by the human body. all the participants had background in either the Arts sector or the Sports sector, this aided in relative answers due to the familiarity with both movement and artistic techniques.

In the surveys i sent out, i asked questions relating to the viewer’s Emotional response, Visual response and also logical response to the artworks presented. The set of nine artworks were selected to go together with the questions, ranging from painting, sculpture, drawing, and photography. All the artworks where produced by artists which i had previously carried research on, when writing my literature review. These included work by Marey, Rubens, Boccioni, Muybridge, performance artist Shen Wei, Balla, contemporary photographer Bertil Nilsson, the Bragagalia brothers and also drawings by contemporary artist Karolina Szymkiewicz.


When calculating the results obtained from my participants, it was clear that one image was most commonly chosen. this was the photograph depicting a sequence of movement produced by Etienne Jules Marey. The second commonly selected image was the piece produced from a performance by Shen Wei and some of his dancers, this suggested movement through lines produced by the body itself (using the body as a medium).

Movement Number 3 (Chinese Gu Qing in white) Oil on canvas 2005-2006 64 x 51 in  (162.6 x 129.5 cm)

From these results, i will now work on producing work using both these methods, photograph sequence and linear/gestural drawings, and will later test these works on an other set of ten individuals to back up the results obtained, to prove if photography is really thought to be the most effective Fine Art method used to capture movement produced by the body.