Monday, 18 October 2010

Kinematic Clichés

The Pataphysician, Alfred Jarry, said, ‘Clichés are the armature of the absolute’, and swans, like ducks and sheep (from lambing to shearing), invite (incite?) the production of photographic clichés. In sculpture, an armature is the framework around which the sculpture is built. 'Outdoor types' are often clad in a combination of fleece and down - walking, climbing clichés. An armature is also the name used for the kinematic chains used in computer animation to simulate the motions of virtual human or animal characters. In 1996, Dolly the sheep was the first mammal to be cloned, using the process of nuclear transfer. And we are all familiar with 'The Ugly Duckling'.  

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