Did you ever draw in the corners of a book to create an image that animated as you “flipped” through the pages? Instead of a crank on the side, there’s a tiny motor inside the mechanical flipbooks that rotates the spindle and flexible cards flip by giving the illusion of moving pictures. Then the kinetic artisits Wendy Marvel and Mark Arnon Rosen connect several boxes together and coax the flipping images to tell a little story in a scene that travels from box to box.
In late 2011, their series of motorized flipbooks based on the motion studies of Edweard Muybridge began touring with galleries, art shows and at special events internationally. The gallery-versions of their original mechanical flipbook artworks are expensive and are only available in limited editions. But the public response became so overwhelming that the artists had to share this unique art format with as many people as possible. To bring the Flip-Book-Kit to life, they decided to bring in a pro. For directing the production version of the Mechanical-Flip-Book-Maker-Kit, Marvel and Rosen teamed up with her friend, inventor, manufacturing designer and former Disney imagineer Steven Goldstein. ❚