The Kodatrope: An Immersive Installation of Vintage Slides

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The Kodatrope: An Immersive Installation of Vintage Slides


If you’ve ever had a lengthy layover in a major airport, then you’ve probably had time to reflect on the myriad narratives of all the people coming and going all around you. In an effort to mirror the overwhelming experience of contemplating all the interconnected goings on of all the individuals in the world, artist Lee Pivnik created “The Kadatrope,” an interactive installation that immerses the viewer in a rotating dome of vintage slides.

The concept behind The Kodatrope was that I wanted to place people in an environment where they are cut off from their own thoughts, and can focus on observing photographs, which are records of other people’s memories. When lit from the outside, the interactive art piece allows you to place your head and shoulders inside, and looks up at more than 500 different photographs – 500 stories you’ve never heard. If a picture is worth a thousand words, this sculpture comes with 500,000. The slides have been collected from different families, and most are from the 1960s and the 70s.

As you can see in the video below, The Kodatrope presents the viewer with an immense scene completely covered with illuminated images of the strangers passing before their eyes.

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Despite being a stunning work of art, I just can’t help thinking that this project would make a beautiful DIY lampshade for those with some extra slides lying around!

[via Junk Culture]

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