Moving Muybridge: Transatlantic Dialogues

Moving Muybridge: Transatlantic Dialogues

International Conference

Thursday 2 & Friday 3 March 2023

In-person at Town House, Penrhyn Road, Kingston University London

This international conference showcases the latest research on Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904), whose multi-faceted work continues to have significance across moving-image cultures, photography, digital animation and the visual arts globally. Centring on the transatlantic movements of Muybridge, his work and ideas, and the diverse Muybridge collections in the US and the UK, the conference brings together leading scholars, curators, filmmakers and artists to share knowledge about the overall significance of Muybridge holdings in both countries and to reflect on the future of Muybridge studies.

Held in Kingston-upon-Thames – the birthplace of Muybridge in 1830 and where he returned for the last decade of his life until his death in 1904 – the conference marks the recent relocation of Kingston Museum’s Muybridge Collection to a purpose-built archive at the university’s award-winning building Town House.

The conference is organised by Kingston University’s Visual and Material Culture Research Centre in partnership with Kingston Museum and Stanley Picker Gallery, and is made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Registration for the conference is free to book via Eventbrite


For those unable to attend in person, the conference will be available to watch online and a link provided closer to the date.



Thursday 2 March 2023

3.00-4.00pm Tour of Kingston Museum’s Muybridge Gallery and the exhibition In Motion: Your Stories by Muybridge Curator Seoyoung Kim

5-6.00pm  Registration & Drinks reception

6-8.00pm Exposing Muybridge Film Screening & Q&A with Marc Shaffer

Exposing Muybridge, written and directed by Marc Shaffer, is the first feature documentary to tell the fascinating story of the legendary Eadweard Muybridge, a tale filled with ambition, betrayal, deception, and even murder. Muybridge’s motion images opened our eyes to invisible worlds, but they also harbour secrets that provoke an enduring question: Can we believe what we see in a photograph?

Exposing Muybridge received the Writers Guild of America Award for outstanding documentary screenplay.


Friday 3 March 2023

9.45-10.00am Welcome:

Fran Lloyd, Professor of Art History and Co-Director of Visual & Material Culture Research Centre, Seoyoung Kim, Muybridge Curator, Kingston Museum and David Falkner, Director of the Stanley Picker Gallery

10.00-10.30am Marta Braun Emerita Professor in the School of Image Arts, Toronto Metropolitan (formerly Ryerson) University and Director of its graduate program in Film+Photography Preservation and Collections Management, Toronto, Canada

Sequences and Seriality: Animal Locomotion and Conceptual Art in America

10.30-11.00am Maggie Dethloff Assistant Curator of Photography and New Media, Cantor Arts Center, California

Muybridge at Stanford: Influences and Moving Images

11.00-11.15am Coffee in room

11.15-11.45am Byron Wolfe Professor and Art Department Chair, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Eadweard Muybridge and the Accidental Archive: Animal Locomotion Remnants, Alternates, and Outcasts including Experiments with Systems of Display, Datasets, and AI generations

11.45-12.15pm Miriam Hiebert Post-Doctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Institution Museum Conservation Institute, Washington

Analysis of Glass Photographic Plates from Eadweard Muybridge’s Animal Locomotion Series in the Smithsonian’s Photographic History Collection

12.15-12.45pm Seoyoung Kim Curator of Muybridge Collection, Kingston Museum

Famous Lecturer: Muybridge’s Projection Lectures and The Kingston Museum Bequest

12.45-2.00pm Lunch

2.00-2.30pm Dr Claudy Op den Kamp Principal Academic in Film, Faculty Member Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (CIPPM) Bournemouth University, UK

The Shadow Land: Serial Photography and the Legal Invention of Motion Pictures

2.30-3.00pm John Ott Professor of Art History, James Madison University, Virginia

Capturing the Black Equestrian from Muybridge to ‘Nope

3.00-3.30pm Dr Sarah Gordon Museum Specialist, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington

“Subjects Unknown:” Feminist Responses to Eadweard Muybridge’s Animal Locomotion Photographs

3.30-4.00pm Refreshments

4.00-4.15pm Becky Beasley: Artist Presentation (TBC)

4.15-5.30pm Roundtable Discussion: Fran Lloyd with invited guests

Rebecca Gowers, acclaimed author of The Scoundrel Harry Larkyns and his Pitiless Killing by the Photographer Eadweard Muybridge

Seoyoung Kim, Mark Shaffer and Byron Wolfe

5.30pm Closing Remarks & Drinks


Muybridge Archive: Appointments can be booked at Conference Registration on Thursday to see items from the archive:

Friday 3 March 12.45 and 1.15pm


Conference website for further detail:



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