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Mechanical Flipbook

Fluttering images dance their way through a hypnotic story: what do we look for - and find - in mechanised visual narratives?

Have you ever drawn in the corners of a book to create an image that animated as you flipped through the pages? Or been to a penny arcade and hand cranked a machine to watch a movie through a small opening? Kinetic artists, Mark Rosen and Wendy Marvel are the creators of Mechanical Flipbooks, moving art that tell stories and tickles our sense of nostalgia. Using a tiny motor to rotate a spindle and flexible cards, these little wonders give the illusion of moving pictures. A few pieces feature several boxes connected together which coax the flipping images into a narrative that travels from box to box. 

In late 2011, their series of motorized flipbooks (based on the motion studies of Eadweard Muybridge) began touring with galleries, art shows and at special exhibitions internationally. MAKE magazine featured the artists in their January issue and a few of the boxes were on display at San Francisco 2011 Maker Fair and 2012 NY Maker Fair. Their most recent work is a complimentary project called "FlipBooKit", an accessible flip book medium for other creatives. FlipBooKits were featured in the February 2013 issue of WIRED magazine.