Gifoscopes

In collaboration with the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and the Quartier des Spectacles, the RIDM presents an original interactive installation in Place Pasteur and on the Promenade des Artistes. The Gifoscopes are inspired by the praxinoscope, an optical toy invented by Émile Reynaud in the late 19th century, and by today’s popular animated GIFs.

Although larger than its forerunner, the Gifoscopes are also manually powered and create the illusion of movement using the same principle of cyclical animation.

The RIDM invited Montreal-based illustrator DOIION and students from the undergraduate graphic design program at UQAM to design image strips for the device’s spinning drum. The short animated scenes will be viewable from November 12 to 22.

Presented with the support of the Ville de Montréal and the Conseil des arts de Montréal, in collaboration with l’UQAM and the Quartier des spectacles. Produced in collaboration with La CamaraderieDIX au carré and PRAXI inc.