My residency at What It Is, is now more 12 months in the past, however, the zoetrope, M16.2 that I developed there is still in the forefront of my mind. Tom Burtonwood of What It Is, described M16.2 as neither a prototype, nor an artist proof, rather, "a dress rehearsal". I think that is an accurate observation.
Installation and the inevitable reflection upon the build process (by all involved) resulted in several ideas bubbling to the surface. Predominantly these relate to the production of editions and ease of transportation and installation. Also, M16.2 has become a kind of race car. It’s very hard to go 'under the bonnet’ without a tweak here and there, teasing out a better frame rate, a smoother viewing experience…M16.2’s, 6 litre, V12 is the mechanism housed in the Walnut stand beneath the cylindrical ‘drum’. It has been redesigned in CAD software with the intention that it will be wholly rapid manufactured. Whilst the software aids the development of multiple components over an extended time frame, the moment of 'inspiration' still relies on the trusty notebook. This is a place that blind alleys (and there are lots of them) can be thoroughly investigated. The image below shows a selection of pages many of which seem hopelessly naive with the benefit of hindsight. M16.2 will be ready for installation in winter, 2012.