Gaffer is the latest audiovisual installation from Trope, an artistic collaboration between Carol MacGillivray and Bruno Mathez. Meeting as post-graduates at Goldsmiths in 2011, MacGillivray and Mathez collectively developed the Diasynchronoscope – a new, screenless medium where concrete objects are animated to create an experience in three-dimensional space.
The name 'Diasynchronoscope' is a combination of diachronic (the study of a phenomenon as it changes through time), synchronous (simultaneity) and scope (view). The name evokes early animation simulators like the phenakistoscope or zoetrope (which Trope regard as ancestors to their method) by combining animation, Gestalt principles and embodiment theory.
MacGillivray and Mathez have constructed Gaffer as a reflective portrait of their audience, one that speculates on the possibilities of a single-person immersive experience. Through an intricately constructed scenario, their installation establishes an atmosphere in which the viewer is confronted by their own compliance.
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