Hitomi Kammai

 

Hitomi Kammai

 

Kammai is a contemporary artist who created this praxinoscope in 2013 as her intepretation of the classic device. While not hugely innovative in that she keeps in line with much of its tradition, and the animation itself is rather stilted and boring, I still really like this piece due to the relative elegance of its construction. This is as one aspect of traditional praxinoscopes which I’ve seen and  which I dislike is the outer wall. In my opinion, it disrupts the viewing experience of the person watching it as it gets in the way of one’s field of vision. However, this piece rectifies that due to the angle of the inner mirror that enables her to get rid of the outer chamber and replace it with a flat circle of images. As such, this praxinoscope has a certain sort of simplistic elegance to it, despite the seemingly crude way its been made. While the animation could be better, I feel that the concept behind the physical creation of this piece and the simplification of the traditional structure is really quite beautiful and interesting.

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