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Babette Mangolte’s Presence, 2008, installed as part of the 5th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art in 2008
Photograph by Uwe Walter
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ACTION ARRESTED
by Elisabeth Kley



Originally inspired by Eadweard Muybridge’s late 19th-century stop-motion images of animals and human beings, French filmmaker Babette Mangolte found an ideal outlet for her fascination with stillness and movement when she discovered downtown New York experimental performance in 1970. Almost immediately, Mangolte began making movies (which captured) and photos (which froze) the revolutionary Minimalist dances created from ordinary actions by Lucinda Childs, Yvonne Rainer and Trisha Brown and other artists

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