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His documentaries, TV productions, multi-channel video installations, and live electronic performances all reflect a unique approach to creating and capturing movement with the camera. Over his long career, Atlas has collaborated with leading figures in dance as well as music and art, including Marina Abramović, Antony and the Johnsons, Leigh Bowery, Michael Clark, DANCENOISE, Douglas Dunn, Fennesz, John Kelly, Yvonne Rainer, and, most recently, Mika Tajima and New Humans.
Atlas’s multimedia installation Joints Array explores time-based portraiture, the body, fragmentation, and movement: all subjects the artist has engaged for much of his work. The central four videos of the installation show early experimental footage of legendary dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham. Atlas began working for Cunningham in the early 1970s and collaborated with him on films and videos from 1974 to 1983. During that time, Atlas invented the term “mediadance” to define the art of dance conceived specifically for film or video, an area in which he and Cunningham were pioneers.
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