Retrospectroscope Installation-

A Kinetic sculpture, Para-cinematic device

Mixed Media using 4x5’ images, motorized mount and strobes

The Retrospectroscope was made using a single sheet of Plexiglas 5 ft. in diameter, and was mounted directly on a stand and illuminated from behind. As an optical device, its function was to create the illusion of movement utilizing large format still medium format images. The Retrospectroscope apparatus has gone through many incarnations, its presence belies the processes that have created it. As a paracinematic device, it traces an evolutionary trajectory, encircling the viewer in a procession of flickering fantasies of fragmented lyricism. This re-invention simulates the illusion of the analysis of motion to recall early mysteries of the quest for this very discovery now taken for granted; the "Muses of Cinema" represented by the female figures on the disk, have emerged from a dark Neoclassical past.

The Retrospectroscope has been installed in the following venues:

2016 - SOMArts, 935 Brannen Street, San Francisco, CA

2008 - Artist Television Access Front display window -Month of April- San Francisco, CA

2000 - The Lab- San Francisco, CA

1997 - Vernissage Graduate Thesis Exhibition, Fort Mason, San Francisco Art Institute

1996 - 125th Anniversary Celebration for the San Francisco Art Institute, The Gap Building, Columbus Ave. San Francisco, CA

The Retrospectroscope apparatus was sponsored by The San Francisco Art Institute's 125th Anniversary Grant

The Retrospectroscope was last installed
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The Retrospectroscope installed in the window of Artists' Television Access

Moving Image


Expanded Cinema