ZoOHPraxiscope, Re-Inventing the Zoopraxiscope with an Overhead Projector

  • Christian Faubel Department exMedia, Academy of Media Arts Cologne
Keywords: Cinematography, Media Archeology, Overhead Projector, Shadow Play, Zoopraxiscope


The ZoOHPraxiscope is a modified overhead projector that can be used to show cinematographic animations. It allows blending and mixing of animated shadow play with cinematographic animation. Similar to the Zoopraxiscope that was developed by the photographer Eadweard Muybridge in the 19th century, the ZoOHPraxiscope combines a rotating picture disc with a Laterna Magica and shutter mechanism. The mechanical shutter of the original device is replaced by a high-power LED that can be turned on and off at the fraction of a second. The overhead projector acts as Laterna Magica. This new device is used as a performance instrument to combine sound, vision, shadow play and animation.

Author Biography

Christian Faubel, Department exMedia, Academy of Media Arts Cologne
Christian Faubel is an interdisciplinary researcher and artist. He is currently working at the Department exMedia within the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. He holds a PhD in electrical engineering and has completed research on autonomous systems in the interdisciplinary lab, the Institute for Neural Computation from 2002-2012. In 2002 he founded derstrudel as a framework for the mediation of a relaxed approach to electronics. He is also part of the overhead projector band Ray Vibration together with Ralf Schreiber and Tina Tonagel. In his work he is interested in what enables autonomous behavior and how complex autonomous behavior may result from the interaction of very simple units and from the dynamics of interaction between such units. In his artworks and performances he tries to convey insights about theoretical concepts such as emergence or embodiment along an aesthetic dimension. He considers his artworks, workshops and performances to be in the tradition of philosophical toys as they combine the mediation of scientific concepts with pleasure and amusement. His Workshops, Performances and Installations have been shown internationally.


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