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Katie Turnbull’s Modern Vanitas is a digital, contemporary version of the pre-cinema toy, the phenakiscope.
Based on a technique that utilised persistence of vision to crate an illusion of motion, these optical toys were early entertainment, akin to domestic TV set. Activated by the viewer, Modern Vanitas reworks the passive mechanisms of a traditional phenakiscope and introduces participation and interactivity into the device.
Experimenta’s 5th International Biennial of Media Art will showcase interactive contemporary Australian and international artworks that engage with technology.
The exhibition Speak To Me questions how people communicate and connect with each other at this time. In a rapidly changing technological field, how do you now consider these new relationships to the world, technology and each other? What does this connectedness offer you?
Experimenta commissioned artist Katie Turnbull will discuss her contemporary animation installation Modern Vanitas