People first discovered photographs could be sequenced and viewed as moving pictures back in the 1890s, and it’s this industrial era that we like to acknowledge in our flipbook work.


 

Our foray into flipbook art started in 2009, when we traveled in Europe and the middle east; we fell in love with the mid-twentieth century mechanized signs that were still operating, especially the split-flap (or solari) departure/arrival boards in train stations, with their mesmerizing

“click-clack-click-clack”

 


 

Back in L.A., we fed our new mechanical obsession by taking field trips to old aerospace junk yards and rummaging through the obsolete equipment. Wendy was enchanted by the look of it all – corroded metals, gauges, dials and buttons – and the design of a long gone era. Mark, on the other hand was excited about the functional parts and the guts. Having grown exposed to the aerospace industry, he felt nostalgia for the old equipment. We also started interacting with a local hackerspace, and it soon became clear that tech art was a natural progression.