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Remaking “Michotte”: Reusing and Remaking Moving Images in the History of Perception Research (2021)


The starting point of this essay is a short film of an optical effect, published in 1998 by the Institute for Scientific Film (Institut für den Wissenschaftlichen Film [IWF]) as part of a series showing important psychological stimulus images. It traces the stimulus images in the film back to their source in a different medium and then forward through a still ongoing series of remakes. This series of cross-media remakings illustrates the frequent occurrence of remaking—rather than reusing—images in science and the role of interactivity as an epistemic value. The essay introduces the notion of the action context, a category based on a historical actor’s understanding of perception and related to the concept of affordances, to help us understand the historical value of remaking and its consequences for scientific and historiographical replication. This research is based on new archival materials—including a scientific film by Albert Michotte and Charles Dekeukeleire that is here introduced to scholarship for the first time—as well as on live interviews.

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Article Anja Sattelmacher; Mario Schulze; Sarine Waltenspül (2021) Introduction: Reusing Research Film and the Institute for Scientific Film. Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 291-298). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Waltenspül, Sarine
Schulze, Mario
Sattelmacher, Anja
Feldman, Hannah
Alexis L. Boylan
Talia Bess Shabtay
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Scientia Canadensis: Journal of the History of Canadian Science, Technology, and Medicine
Physics in Perspective
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation
Northwestern University
University of Pennsylvania Press
Pennsylvania State University Press
MIT Press
Visual representation; visual communication
Visual perception
Senses and sensation; perception
Science and film
Science education and teaching
Research methods
Kirschmann, August
Urban, Charles
Scheiner, Christoph
Lorenz, Konrad
Kepler, Johannes
Helmholtz, Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
17th century
Early modern
United States
Toronto (Ontario)
IMAX Filmed Entertainment
University of Toronto
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)

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