A set of 16 phenakistoscope discs, each displaying an animated representation of one of life's fleeting moments.
Believed to be the first animation device, the phenakistoscope was invented in 1832. Sequenced images circle a disc with corresponding slits. The viewer peers through the slits whilst spinning the disc to see the animation reflected in a mirror. The phenakistoscope is based on the phi phenomenon which refers to an optical illusion wherein the brain conjures a fluid animation between separate images in motion. The slits prevent the images from blurring together and presents the illusion of a single moving picture.