The Micro Arts Collection

MA3:5, "Runner", BBC Micro (1984)

Martin Rootes

"This is an animation that I created on the BBC Basic Micro in 1984, it was distributed with the Micro Arts magazine as Cassette MA3. The idea came from seeing Marcel Duchamp's "Nude Descending a staircase" which was based on an Eadweard Muybridge sequence of photos. However, I decided to use Muybridge's "Man Starting Race" instead, the figure being reduced to 18 separate points and then recreated using just lines and triangles.

The animation was written using BBC Basic and made use of several features of BBC Basic's graphics commands. Initially I'd thought I'd lost this program but I finally managed to salvage it from a copy that I'd made on a different tape which I managed to convert to a disk image for the Beeb-Em emulator."

– Martin Rootes

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