Inspired by an early movie projector of the same name, the Bioscope
is a medium to experience memories in relative time. It consists of a
hand-held device, to be viewed with one eye, which resembles an old film
camera. By rotating the handle, the digital (or digitized home) movie is animated frame by
frame, forward or in reverse, relative to the speed and direction that
is used to turn the dial.
Bioscope demands users to actually (and manually)
engage to see a movie. The act of seeing is subjectively constructed
through each frame and view, hereby
engaging us to notice the discrete relationships which manifest personal
The Bioscope synthesizes the intrinsic qualities of the digital
and the analogue, such as appropriation and remixing seen in digital
culture, as well as direct interaction and spatial experience seen in
physical things. It enables people to collect from electronic archives, to take ownership and generate new relations.
Bioscope by Jon Stam and Simon de Bakker (2012) from V2_ on Vimeo.