Wheel, wood, mirrors.
Tracy & Hobbs are exploring animation, colour, pattern and drawing with a newly commissioned large scale praxinoscope. Built by Mike Pattison. The praxinoscope is an animation device which was the successor to the zoetrope. It was invented in France in 1877 by Charles-Émile Reynaud. Like the zoetrope, it uses a strip of pictures placed around the inner surface of a spinning cylinder or base. The praxinoscope allows several people to view the animation at one time as images placed on the base are reflected in the mirrors. The pictures appear more or less stationary in position as the wheel turned. Tracy & Hobbs use a series of early animation techniques to play and share moving image with others and as spectacle.