clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

These grotesque 19th-century animations will hypnotize you

New, 26 comments

19th-century animation is trippy. For years enthusiasts have been transforming the artworks created for early animation devices like the zoetrope and phenakistascope into grotesque yet wonderful GIFs, and it was only a matter of time before these revived animations were repurposed elsewhere.

Film-making duo The Brothers Lynch dug up a number of animations from Victorian-era phenakistoscope discs, blending them together to create a music video for the Carly Paradis song "The Hope Of A Favourable Outcome." Watched alone, the resulting animation is mesmerizing, but when juxtaposed against Paradis' relentless beat, the video sends the viewer into truly disturbing, seemingly endless hypnotic tunnel.