Kinetic artists Mark Rosen and Wendy Marvel have widely exhibited their series of original motorized flipbooks, which are based on the motion studies of Edweard Muybridge. In addition to exhibiting at the 2011 San Mateo and 2012 NYC Maker Faires, the original series was shown at the Kinetica Art Faire in London in March 2013. The flipbooks were also featured in the January 2013 issue of MAKE Magazine and in the February issue of WIRED Magazine.
“Our foray into flipbook art started in 2009, when we traveled in Europe and the middle east; we fell in love with the mid-twentieth century mechanized signs that were still operating, especially the split-flap (or solari) departure/arrival boards in train stations, with their mesmerizing “click-clack-click-clack”.
“Here’s the real secret of our craft: magic. Our greatest satisfaction lies in watching wonder and joy overtake people when they crank the handle on a flipbook. Adults giggle like children, and kids scowl, openmouthed, with intense concentration as they try to figure out how it works. No matter how many times you create the illusion of motion, you want to do it again and again.”
Mark Arnon Rosen
Mark is a kinetic artist living in Los Angeles, CA. His background includes multimedia design, fabrication and electronics engineering. Mark creates gadgets, sculpts, art directs and collaborates on projects with his partner Marvel, as well as other artists and creative engineers.
Wendy is a fine artist and commercial artist working for top names in the music industry. Her artwork can be found in the private and permanent collections, as well as on the stages, web sites and tour books of some of the world’s most popular recording artists.
Steve is a product designer, fabricator and inventor named on 13 patents. In addition to his own product development, Goldstein spent a total of ten years as Director of Entertainment Technology at Disney Imagineering and Sony Retail Entertainment.
All three of the project creators showed off their mechanical and creative skills as contestants on “Unchained Reaction“, a 2012 Discovery Channel series produced by Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman of Mythbusters fame, which challenges teams to make amazing contraptions. (Steve in Episode 1 and Wendy and Mark in Episode 6).
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