In the realm of dance, perhaps one of the foremost individuals to grasp the importance of the above concept was Rudolf Von Laban, whose use of the terms "Direct" and "Indirect" in defining a movement's path through space indicates an awareness of the lines which movement creates. When introducing these concepts to students, I always ask them to imagine a sparkler, and to think of the path left behind my hand or arm as I sweep it in either a very direct or a very indirect path. The accomplished dancer and choreographer must similarly visualize patterns of movement as they occur in a dance or sequence of patterned or random movement.
Several images and clips below explore various ways of representing the movement of lines through space, as well as the shapes/forms and patterns of movement created by the combination of lines---moving, still, human, and animated.
Perhaps what is most interesting is that some of the most MOVEMENT can be found in the still images. It is also no surprise that I am most drawn to collections of lines which lack symmetry, or provide some element of surprise, or juxtaposition of seemingly incongruous lines. Such realizations can inform my choreographic creative process, and could lead to some truly creative and innovative design possibilities.