Meta Morphing: Visual Transformation and the Culture of Quick-change
Two thousand years ago, Ovid asked his readers to imagine metamorphoses in which men and women became flowers and beasts. Today, before our cinema-savvy eyes, people melt and re-form as altogether new creatures: they "morph." This volume explores what digital morphing means -- both as a cultural practice specific to our times and as a link to a much broader history of images of human transformation.
Meta-Morphing ranges over topics that include turn-of-the-century "quick-change" artists, Mesoamerican shamanic transformation, and cosmetic surgery; recent works such as Terminator 2, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Heavenly Creatures, and Forrest Gump; and the transformations imagined by Kafka, Proust, and Burroughs. The contributors look not only at the technical wizardry behind digital morphing, but also at the history and cultural concerns it expresses.
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TwentyFive Heads under One Hat
Animation and Animorphs
From Mutation to Morphing
A Brief History of Morphing
Tracing the Tesseract
MetaMorphing and MetaStasis
Morphing Saint Sebastian
Beyond the Body
Special Effects Morphing Magic and the 1990s Cinema