January 16th thru February 14th, 2009
For the New Year Dave Seiler fills Ironton with 5 ambitious Phrenitiscope's. These objects, akin to early pre-cinema devises such as mutoscope's also known as "What the butler saw" machines which are moving picture machines that are viewer interactive; they must be cranked in order to see the short film.
The content of the films are based on research the artist has accumulated on Jean Gebser and his writings about the history and development of consciousness. The imagery ranges from the joyful banality of everyday life to the serenity of moving landscapes, the sense of devastating decay and the surreal feelings that evokes.
These films were shot with digital video then reduced to fifteen frames per second and converted to JPEG stills, effect's were added with various photo programs and printed. the printed photos were the glued together with a stiff "backer" card between each image and assembled to a wood core. This core is then attached to the drive shaft of the machine and when cranked can be viewed.
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