RISE|FALL & the animation machines
The 'Rise|Fall' machine was the last in as series of 6 experimental, hand built machines that attempted to create the illusion of animation through various processes.
-A far too ambitious motorised contraption
Mk.2 Full Circle
-A simple hand turned projection device using imagery from Etienne Jules Mary's 'Heron in Flight'
Mk.3 Icarus falls (i)
-A basic stroboscopic zoetrope capturing Icarus's fall
Mk.4 Here's to you Mr.Robinson
-Named after the remarkable William Heath Robinson- who designed and illustrated the most impractical machines.
Mk.5 Icarus falls (ii)
-Remodelling of Mk.i with sculpted figures and lightweight stand
-The final machine was a 2.5m high contraption compromising of two spinning parts. Small models of King Kong would climb from the base- while from the top the Icarus figures from Mk.5 fell.
The machine (and the shadows it produced) was built to highlight the struggle between dualities- whether physical and mental, emotional and intellectual, or logical and spiritual.