Artist Projects

Short Ride

Eric Dyer

Short Ride is an animated film and installation project that utilizes the zoetrope, a pre-cinema device that creates the appearance of motion from static pictures. The zoetrope features a perforated cylinder through which images are visible. Dyer employs his own version of this mechanism to explore a visual language of loops and spirals. When spun, the complex sculptures, dubbed cinetropes, are a blur to the eye but come to animated life when viewed through shutter-glasses, fast-shutter video cameras or with strobe lights. This process allows for projects that manifest themselves as both films and installations. In addition to developing an immersive zoetrope tunnel, Dyer is working on projects involving animated umbrellas, vinyl records and a hot air balloon.