Phenakistomixer 2.0

Skills: Borut Kumperščak, Installation, Performance, Vesna Krebs


Vesna Krebs & Borut Kumperščak

Phenakistoscope was an early animation device that used a spinning disk of sequential images and the persistence of vision principle to create an illusion of motion. Original phenakistoscope discs had slits cut into them and had to be viewed using a mirror. Phenakistomixer appropriates this by precisely synchronising disc rotation with the shutter of a video camera to achieve similar effect, and is used as a live visual performative tool. Tool for mixing GIF like looped animations.

Version 2.0 of Phenakistomixer project takes the turntable video-mixing idea further by introduction of on-plate layering with transparent foils. Let’s spin the discs and have a PHENAKISTOMIX!


Hand drawn layers frame by frame.


Custom made application for compositing and simulation.


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