Fort Worth, USA
Retro-futuristic animated images
This illuminated musical installation, featuring a distinctive retro-futuristic look, uses cylinders two meters in diameter and plays short flipbook-style movies inspired by Quebec literature. The work is inspired by the zoetrope, an optical toy invented in the 19th century. Loop is a hybrid of the music box, zoetrope and railway handcar.
Members of the public are invited to sit down inside the zoetrope, pump the bar, and make the image cylinder turn. The pictures will spring into motion. At the center of each giant wheel is a music box to provide accompaniment for the beautiful hand-drawn animations.
The animated images, tinted by a strobe effect, are reminiscent of the earliest movies. The speed of the whirring pictures, the frequency at which the light flickers and the tempo of the music are all determined by how fast you move the bar.