autoscope 02 Autoscope by Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly sent me a link to his website where he has some really amazing works of art. Most of them are based on different pre-cinema technology. The image above is his Autoscope that was created a few years back for a festival in Calgary.

The Autoscope is an early prefilm media device/installation (it even predates the zoetrope). It is an updated version of the phenakistoscope which was invented by Belgian physicist Joseph Plateau in 1832. Traditionally these devices are handheld toys that have about 8 frames. The Autoscope was built with 72 frames.

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Marc de Vinck

I’m currently working full time as the Dexter F. Baker Professor of Practice in Creativity in the Masters of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship Program at Lehigh University. I’m also an avid product designer, kit maker, author, father, tinkerer, and member of the MAKE Technical Advisory board.

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