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View of SITE Santa Fe Biennial, 2010.

SITE Santa Fe Biennial

SITE Santa Fe

View of SITE Santa Fe Biennial, 2010.

That the term stop motion is affixed to a technique for making moving pictures seems something of a contradiction; then again, the animation that results from stitching together still images has become so commonplace that the words read like a familiar trade name. The overlapping realities of this antiquated technology’s concurrent obsolescence and triumphal ubiquity are precisely what animate “The Dissolve,” another term naming a somewhat old-fashioned film technique and now the title of the eighth installment of the SITE Santa Fe Biennial, cocurated by Sarah Lewis and Daniel Belasco.

“The Dissolve” opens with Lotte Reiniger’s The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926), a gorgeous take on The Arabian Nights, regarded as the oldest surviving feature-length animation, and Edison Manufacturing Company’s The Enchanted Drawing (1900), a clever stop-motion short in which a sketch of a face

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