Dear Intermediates!

A frog or a chameleon, for example,

can perceive and catch its prey

only if the prey is moving.

A motionless fly, even within easy reach,

goes quite unnoticed (Gunnar Johansson)

The most difficult thing about mathematics was to understand the fact that I will never make two steps if I start going and constantly halve length of my pace. Regarding interminability, I was only satisfied when it was a long way off. In order to be able to observe, to reproduce, to understand, and to calculate, our world has been bound by means of more and more exactly fixed focal points and shorter and shorter moments. To regain spatiality and motion, a bigger and bigger number of images has been lined up in a faster and faster way. But this way Achilles will never overtake the tortoise. Being a film-maker, I have mostly been interested in the things happening between the images, in the dark. I worked in a frontier area where the most various differences in the individual images became an illusion of motion. A toy for magic and illusion, but not for more exact inquiries. With mathematics, however, we have stopped to use single points when calculating. This picture of the finish will have to be seen rather as a diagram of movement than as an instantaneous photograph. I think the photo-finish camera is not only indispensable when it comes to top competitive sport; it might as well provide significant statements about a vivid, fourdimensional reality.

Here computer scanner and photostat device will show similarities, for they reproduce in terms of time, without using the shutter. But as yet they have only been used for traditional reproductions. These technologies might lead to a means of performance which does not freeze and feign motion: it will regain continuity. The image-making itself will become an activity for no image will develop without the motion. It will be a relative motion since timespace will be visible in a horizontally motion-related perspective if this camera, which has so far been fixed, is put into motion. Depending on whether the camera turns right round, runs on a straight lane, or revolves round an object, the central perspective, the parallel perspective, or the reversal perspective will develop. Perspectives that will have to be assigned to different cultures and mental attitudes, and than can merge into one another without image-frames, depending on a time-related geometric system. Whether the theory of relativity will remain a "thought scheme that is beyond our visual imaginative faculty". ("Großer Duden" = German grammar) will partly depend on the consequent utilization of modern technology. These images are my first steps on.

Gábor Császári (1993)