The D-Scope: Mining the Gap
In 2011, through combining practical research into animation and kinetics with digital projection mapping techniques, two students discovered a way of creating apparent motion without using a camera, film stock or a screen. Originally christened the Diasynchronoscope, in acknowledgement of the rich ancestry of pre-cinematic devices of wonder, the D-Scope technique involves positioning real objects in a blacked-out acoustic space and illuminating them precisely and sequentially; in effect animating through attention. After some years of refinement, the D-Scope immersive system now carries a registered trademark in the UK. It is an innovative medium, still in its infancy that draws on tropes from animation, film and Gestalt grouping principles to create animation freed from the screen. This paper argues that the technique reveals some new ideas about Apparent Motion when it is experienced and perceived on an environmental scale and not framed by a screen.