Silhouette Zoetrope

– Christine Veras:  “Silhouette Zoetrope”. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

As an homage to early tropes that have been tricking our senses since the Victorian Era, the Silhouette Zoetrope offers a paradigm shift from the traditional Zoetrope. Not only through the inversion of its structure, but also through the combination between shadow puppet tradition and the early optical toy. The renewal of pre-cinematic optical devices in contemporary times offers a possibility to the public to experience animation beyond the limits of the screen. When the Silhouette Zoetrope is rotated, the slots strobe behind the cutout images, animating them apparently inside the empty slotted cylinder, which creates the illusion of moving silhouettes placed into space.

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