Persistence of Vision

This kinetic sculpture is an attempt onto understanding ‘uncertainty’. It lets one experience the feeling of being motionless while still being in motion, and thus creating a visual polyphony.

The project was done as a part of the course РKinetic Sculptures (7 weeks) in the year 2017 at National Institute of Design.

CONCEPT
Ladder of Abstraction - from 'Suffocation to Motionless'

How does this happen ?

Act - Feeling - Outcome

In a strobe lit room, the 3d sculpture spins rapidly with an optical illusion brought to life in two dimensions. Due to the phenomenon of persistence of vision, the forms appear to be frozen after a certain point as the imagery on the unit forms a flat optical illusion.


VISUAL PLAN
MAKING

3D paper model of the optical illusion and a suitable mechanism was worked out. A gear box for high speed resembling that of a Manual Mini toy fan, was constructed. The assumption of the max speed that could be attained by hand cranking was 20 RPM. However, even after several attempts onto making different combinations (Ratio- 1:5 | MAX SPEED: 500 RPM & Ratio- 1:3 | MAX SPEED: 1620 RPM) of gear boxes, it never produced a uniform high speed for the effect to happen and thereafter, a DC motor was put into place.

Mentors - Dr. Jignesh Khakhar, Ranjit Konkar, Prayag Vyas, Deepak Mallya
All those who helped - Hemraj Koshthi, Arshad Pathan, Y S Vivekanand, Shreyasi Pathak and the entire workshop staff at NID.
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