Giphoscopes from Officina K




We are very excited to be partnering up with our Italian friends Officina K (the geniuses behind Okkult Motion Pictures) to bring you a set of exclusive limited edition Giphoscopes, handmade analog GIF players.

The Giphoscope is inspired by an early motion picture device, patented by Herman Casler in 1894, the Mutoscope, which worked on the same principle as the “flip book”. The individual image frames were conventional black-and-white, silver-based photographic prints on tough, flexible opaque cards. Rather than being bound into a booklet, the cards were attached to a circular core. A reel typically held about 850 cards, giving a viewing time of about a minute. It is a similar mechanism which lies at the core of the Giphoscope, entirely handmade in Italy using aluminium and italian walnut or other fine woods. Learn more about the creation process here.

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We at The Public Domain Review have chosen a select number of public domain GIFs to be brought to analog life. Each GIF shall be used only once to make a unique object, an exclusive limited edition of one.

Each Giphoscope is built to order, and construction time is around 7-10 days from order and payment. The Giphoscope Puro model costs €249 inclusive of delivery worldwide (ca.$340). It is an entirely handcrafted object: a one-piece aluminium structure, mounted on a wood base, velvet details, customizable plaque on the front, tailor made packaging, and a photoset of the construction process.

If you are interested in purchasing or have any questions then please email enquiries@publicdomainreview.org.

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CAICEDO (WITH POLE)

Animated GIF from a film released in 1894 by the Scottish inventor, William Kennedy Laurie Dickson, who devised an early motion picture camera under the employment of Thomas Edison. The film is the one of the very first to be captured on the Kinetograph, the machine invented by Dickson. The acrobat is Juan A. Caiceo, known as “King of the slack wire”.

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A Trip Down Market Street

Animated GIF from the iconic A Trip Down Market Street, a 13-minute actuality film recorded by placing a movie camera on the front of a cable car as it travels down San Francisco’s Market Street. The footage captures San Francisco at the end of 1905, just months before the city’s devastating earthquake and fire, which started on the morning of Thursday, April 18, 1906.

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THE KISS

Animated GIF extracted from a 1900 Edison short entitled “The Kiss”. The film comes four years after Edison first filmed a kiss in 1896. This latter version is longer, featuring a slightly more sprightly couple.

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EUGEN SANDOW

Animated GIF of the German pioneering bodybuilder Eugen Sandow. His resemblance to the physiques found on classical Greek and Roman sculpture was no accident, as he measured the statues in museums and helped to develop “The Grecian Ideal” as a formula for the “perfect physique.” Sandow built his physique to the exact proportions of his Grecian Ideal, and is considered the father of modern bodybuilding, as one of the first athletes to intentionally develop his musculature to predetermined dimensions.According to vaudeville historian Joe Laurie, Jr. Sandow – who was managed by Flo Ziegfeld – was ‘the greatest of the strong men and who received the most publicity’.

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SHOOTING SCENE FROM THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY

Animated GIF of the famous shooting scene which appears at the very end of Edwin S Porter’s seminal Great Train Robbery (1903), one of the very first significant early narrative films. The 10 minute film introduced many new cinematic techniques (cross cutting, double exposure, camera movement and location shooting) to American audiences. This famous final scene of the bandit firing his gun directly at the audience is not actually a part of the film’s story and could have been inserted by exhibitors at either the beginning or the end of the film. According to legend, this breaking down of the “fourth wall” had cinema goers at the time fleeing from their seats.

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EADWARD MUYBRIDGE’S TROTTING PIG

Animated GIF of a pig trotting, created from Plate 674 (Pig) in: Muybridge, Eadweard (1887). Animal Locomotion: an Electro-photographic Investigation of Consecutive Phases of Animal Movements, 1872-1885.

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EADWARD MUYBRIDGE’S NUDE BLACKSMITHS #2

Animated GIF of two nude blacksmiths hammering, created from the second and fourth line of images on Plate 377 in: Muybridge, Eadweard (1887). Animal Locomotion: an Electro-photographic Investigation of Consecutive Phases of Animal Movements, 1872-1885. Vol. II: Males (nude).

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EADWARD MUYBRIDGE’S NUDE BLACKSMITHS

Animated GIF of two nude blacksmiths hammering, created from the first and third line of images on Plate 377 in: Muybridge, Eadweard (1887). Animal Locomotion: an Electro-photographic Investigation of Consecutive Phases of Animal Movements, 1872-1885. Vol. II: Males (nude).

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EDISON’S BACKWWARDS BICYCLE RIDER

Animated GIF excerpted from Bicycle Trick Riding (1899), a 38” film dated March 20th, 1899 by Thomas A. Edison, showing perhaps the first ever footage of a bicycle trick.

SOLD

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THE KISS

Animated GIF extracted from a 1900 Edison short entitled “The Kiss”. The film comes four years after Edison first filmed a kiss in 1896. This latter version is longer, featuring a slightly more sprightly couple.

Untitled-1

CAICEDO (WITH POLE)

Animated GIF from a film released in 1894 by the Scottish inventor, William Kennedy Laurie Dickson, who devised an early motion picture camera under the employment of Thomas Edison. The film is the one of the very first to be captured on the Kinetograph, the machine invented by Dickson. The acrobat is Juan A. Caiceo, known as “King of the slack wire”.

EUGEN SANDOW

Animated GIF of the German pioneering bodybuilder Eugen Sandow. His resemblance to the physiques found on classical Greek and Roman sculpture was no accident, as he measured the statues in museums and helped to develop “The Grecian Ideal” as a formula for the “perfect physique.” Sandow built his physique to the exact proportions of his Grecian Ideal, and is considered the father of modern bodybuilding, as one of the first athletes to intentionally develop his musculature to predetermined dimensions.According to vaudeville historian Joe Laurie, Jr. Sandow – who was managed by Flo Ziegfeld – was ‘the greatest of the strong men and who received the most publicity’.

SOLD

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SHOOTING SCENE FROM THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY

Animated GIF of the famous shooting scene which appears at the very end of Edwin S Porter’s seminal Great Train Robbery (1903), one of the very first significant early narrative films. The 10 minute film introduced many new cinematic techniques (cross cutting, double exposure, camera movement and location shooting) to American audiences. This famous final scene of the bandit firing his gun directly at the audience is not actually a part of the film’s story and could have been inserted by exhibitors at either the beginning or the end of the film. According to legend, this breaking down of the “fourth wall” had cinema goers at the time fleeing from their seats.

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EADWARD MUYBRIDGE’S TROTTING PIG

Animated GIF of a pig trotting, created from Plate 674 (Pig) in: Muybridge, Eadweard (1887). Animal Locomotion: an Electro-photographic Investigation of Consecutive Phases of Animal Movements, 1872-1885.

SOLD

EADWARD MUYBRIDGE’S NUDE BLACKSMITHS #2

Animated GIF of two nude blacksmiths hammering, created from the second and fourth line of images on Plate 377 in: Muybridge, Eadweard (1887). Animal Locomotion: an Electro-photographic Investigation of Consecutive Phases of Animal Movements, 1872-1885. Vol. II: Males (nude).

SOLD

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EADWARD MUYBRIDGE’S NUDE BLACKSMITHS

Animated GIF of two nude blacksmiths hammering, created from the first and third line of images on Plate 377 in: Muybridge, Eadweard (1887). Animal Locomotion: an Electro-photographic Investigation of Consecutive Phases of Animal Movements, 1872-1885. Vol. II: Males (nude).

SOLD

EDISON’S BACKWWARDS BICYCLE RIDER

Animated GIF excerpted from Bicycle Trick Riding (1899), a 38” film dated March 20th, 1899 by Thomas A. Edison, showing perhaps the first ever footage of a bicycle trick.

SOLD