The black and white video 45rpm presents images of a spinning zoetrope. Inside the spinning zoetrope a young woman (the artist) repeatedly raises her hand to her forehead. This gesture is derived from an earlier video work Faint, 1999, which explored ideas of trance, mesmerism and hysteria. Created in the artist’s studio, the zoetrope revolves on a record player turntable. Recorded using varying shutter speeds, strobing effects are created as the camera reads the negative and positive spaces of the spinning drum. Video transitions employed in the edit echo and contrast the linear patterns and movement of the zoetrope. An interest in the illusion of moving image is explored.
The zoetrope, invented in 1834 by mathematician William George Horner is a revolving cylinder that gives the illusion of motion to a series of still images inside.