With a potter’s wheel, a round whiteboard, and a few dry erase markers, Yohei Kisanuki creates momentary phenakistoscope-like animations. “Regarded as one of the first forms of moving media entertainment,” the phenakistiscope is a flat disc that, like a zoetrope, creates the illusion of movement when it spins.
In this quiet spin art video, he draws each line, dash, or curve as the potter’s wheel spins, making patterns that pulse and turn. The explorations are playful and temporary. Watch for the full four minutes.
He’s also created intentional phenakistoscope animations using the same equipment and lots of tiny drawings:
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• Pixar’s Zoetrope and how animation works
• Embroidered phenakistoscope animations by Elliot Schultz
• Zoetrope Pottery by Turn Studio
• Animated chocolate cake zoetropes by Alexandre Dubosc
• Dyskograf: Drawings translated into music
• Wooden blocks trigger sounds on Arduino-programmed turntables