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Hypnotizing animations created by 19th century phenakistoscopes

For your entertainment ....

The Victorian version of Vine?  Hypnotizing animations created by 19th century phenakistoscopes are captured as gifs

Phenakistoscope was created in Belgium as a predecessor to the flip book
Images were spun round an axis in such a way that they appeared to move
The gif-style results include couples dancing and leaping clowns
Artist has now turned a selection of these images into mesmerising gifs

By Victoria Woollaston

Vine videos are a relatively new phenomenon but the idea of making short moving pictures dates back as far as the early 19th century.

In 1829, a Belgian physicist invented the phenakistoscope, or ‘spindle viewer’ as a toy for his sons. It spun images around an axis making them appear to move when looked at in a mirror.

The images depicted traditional scenes, including couples dancing and horses jumping, to more abstract clips such as men diving into the mouths of lions, and now artist Richard Balzer has created digital versions of these stunning animations. 

These are truly worth seeing.  I wanted to post an example here which is possible except .... it starts and runs automatically as a GIF, which would consume as I understand it, a HUGE amount of broadband.

So .... catch this link and take a look. I think you’ll be glad you did.

Meanwhile ... Drew is out there someplace seeing this. Perhaps he can perform some tech magic to embed one of the examples here without the down side mentioned.  ???

Hypnotising animations step right up folks and see amazing stuff from another world.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 10/23/2013 at 11:37 AM   
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