Sunday, July 27, 2014

Optical Toy: PHENAKISTOSCOPE 1840's Joseph Plateau

Moving images from the amazing optical toy, the Phenakistoscope, created in Belgium, circa 1841 by Joseph Plateau.  Exceptional bizarre and surreal images created by a device that was a precursor to the modern moving image at the turn-of-the-century, film and the cinema. A relatively simple looking device that depends on the spinning of a flat plate covered with images and the connection between the eye and the brain: the persistence of vision. More here.

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