Kairotoskope

2016

Kinetic-graphic Installation / 2m ø print, motor & steel structure, 16Hz light

300 x 200 x 50 cm

Metal structure execution & design: Andrzej Krawczyk & Andrzej Marszałek

Supported by Animated Film Studio, Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts, Kraków

Many Thanks to Robert Sowa, Bogdan Achimescu, Marek Chołoniewski, 

Iwona Neupauer, Piotr Madej

In Ancient Greece, there were two terms that defined the attributes of time, Chronos and Kairos. Chronos refers to the chronologically sequential time (linear) that today we acknowledge as being the only true way to determine the distance between our birth and death. Kairos, disturbs this predictable method, proposing a time unit relative to our sentience.

 

Kairotoskope stands for these kairotic’ moments that occur sometimes unnoticed in quotidian habits, impossible to quantify or predict, these moments can look like deviations from the straight line, temporal waves.

 

Conceived as a synaesthetic instrument, the installation is partially based on the functioning principles of the pre-cinematographic discs such as the Stroboscope or Phenakistoscope. 

It uses the persistence of vision principle to create an illusion of motion, one second of movement repeated infinitely. In the suspended moment in which the instrument is in perfect synchronization with itself, an optimal rotation speed and the stroboscopic flickers reaching 16 Hz, the drawings become animated, performing pulsatory motions, organic time deviations.