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Sat Oct 8 08:16:18 EST 2011

During the late nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century (=85)
the continuous appearance of technological devices in the social arena
completely modifies the common experience of speed and velocity. The
introduction of the motorcar and the train, the vast distribution of
electricity, the arrival of the roller coaster, the public=92s acquaintance
with motion images projected, and new machines in the workplace generated a
social sense of dynamism, a new way to understand social rhythms,
entertainment, visual effects, and the core sense of motion.* *Consequently=
the appearance of motor machines on the work-floor changed the whole
perception of labour rhythms, inducing a massive transformation in the way
the body was perceived and organised within the workplace, and from there,
influencing a wide range of changes in society. This process of
fragmentation and mechanisation of a rhythmic sense crosses over different
fields such as physiology, medicine, physical education, psychology,
entertainment, and art. Therefore it can be said, that the notion of
=93rhythm=94 plays a relevant part within European and American modern
understanding of the relation between the body and technological
development, especially at the turn of the century.


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