Cool Zoetrope Animation, "Galloping."
Kelly Egan created this galloping zoetrope for a recent event. Its not some big video game or anything, but it is cool nonetheless. The beauty lies in the simplicity of the process and the eternal nature of the subject.
A zoetrope is nothing new in animation. They were popular 100 years ago. It is created by showing a sequence of still images that, shown with proper timing, create the illusion of motion by an otherwise stationary group of objects. It is related to those little flipbooks you may have gotten from a Cracker Jack box once upon a time, where you flip the pages and see a little story take place (and that, too, is an art form that survives and that we've shown on here before). A zoetrope typically is done with a cylinder with slits cut into it and a moving set of objects inside. Another way, used here, is with (apparently) a strobe light and perfectly calibrated movement on a turntable by a set of horse models.
It's not easy to set up, but once it is, it creates a wonderful art form that is distinct from any other. The whole galloping horses thing was a big topic in the late 19th century - it took clever photographer Eadweard Muybridge on June 15, 1878, to solve a burning question of the day: do horses ever have all four hooves at the same time? While that may seem obvious now, it wasn't considered that way back then.
|The Muybridge galloping horse.|
|The Muybridge shots.|