Elliot Schultz's Embroidered Turntable Zoetropes

July 15, 2015

Elliot Schultz combines three old-school technologies: embroidery, turntables, and the zoetrope—a device that displays a series of pictures rapidly enough to create the illusion of motion. Original zoetropes used a tube with slits in it, through which one would watch the pictures, so his animations more closely resemble a phenakistokope, which was the original incarnation of a disk-shaped illustration-turned-animation. Schultz has used embroidery. When "played," his animations include moving faces, abstract and emerging geometric patterns, and splattering droplets. Other contemporary incarnations of the zoetrope have incorporated sculptures, strobe lighting, and 3-d printing.

Via Colossal.