Explore early technologies in the development of new media art with artist and curator Ricky Subritzky
Zoetropes were precursors to cinema and video art. First invented in 1834 by William George Horner, they consist of a series of pictures on a paper strip arranged on the inside of a revolving drum. The drum has small slits and, when spun, the images become animated.
This workshop is an opportunity to learn about zoetropes and make your own. It is conducted by Ricky Subritzky, a Nga Puhi man from New Zealand. As a creative collaborator, curator and academic, Subritzky works conceptually towards bridging gaps between critical distance and contemporary problems, often using zoetropes to explore these ideas. He is interested in an actively experimental approach that creates new and productive associations between ideas, materials and texts.
Image: Fiona MacDonald & Ricky Subritzky Spin 2007 (detail) 8 zoetropes with 16 gouache animations. Photo: Ricky Subritzky