KISDtalk: "The zoOH Praxiscope, a Project in Applied Media Archaeology"

"KISDtalks: Theories and Practice of Design" , 21. November 2017

What is the history of projection and animation? How can traditional and new media be merged? And what will be the outcome of transformation processes in media and design? By shedding light on the project called "zoOH Praxiscope", guest speaker Dr. Christian Faubel will in this public lecture elaborate on the challenges of old and new media.

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KISDtalk: "The zoOH Praxiscope, a Project in Applied Media Archaeology"

"KISDtalks: Theories and Practice of Design"


  • 21. November 2017
  • 17.30 Uhr bis 19.00 Uhr


KISD – Köln International School of Design, Ubierring 40, 50678 Cologne


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"KISDtalks: Theories and Practice of Design"


Dr. Christian Faubel, Academy of Media Arts Cologne


KISD – Köln International School of Design der TH Köln

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In this talk, Dr. Christian Faubel will present an experiment in applied media archaeology, a project he calls the zoOHPraxicope. This device is a re-invention of the Zoopraxiscope, a projector for showing short animated sequences of images. The Zoopraxiscope was developed by the chronophotographer Eadweard Muybridge, who is most famous for having proven that a horse, during running, has at one moment in time all feet off the ground.
Christian Faubel will dive into the history of projection and animation, connecting the Laterna Magica, early experiments on flicker and afterimages and the internet phenomenon of animated GIFs: a project Andre Rangel paraphrased as merging of new and traditional media, new and traditional techniques and new and traditional thoughts proving an untimely point of view, where the age of the media has no longer any sense – because all media were young and will become old, all media were high-tech and will become low-tech.

Dr. Christian Faubel is an interdisciplinary researcher and artist. He is currently working at the laboratory for experimental computer science at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. He holds a PhD in electrical engineering and has completed research on autonomous systems at the Institute for Neural Computation from 2002-2012. In 2002, he founded derstrudel, a collective for the mediation of a relaxed approach to electronics robotics.
The talk will be held in English language.

The KISDtalks are a public lecture series on relevant perspectives of design. They give space for an openminded and profound analysis and reflexion of the manifold issues of design, culture, society, technology, and different scientific disciplines. Topics are interdisciplinary, integrative, and provide internationality by domestic and international speakers.
The talks take place mostly on a Tuesday at 5:30 pm in the conference room 11 at KISD.
The 60-90 minutes-long presentations with “Q&A“ are a public event and free of charge.