Reinstalling Masstransiscope by Bill Brand


Bill Brand, who recently presented Order cheap zantac generic Susie’s Ghost as well as a collaborator in past events, has delighted Brooklyn subway passengers for over 23 years. First installed in September 1980 but unmaintained for many years MASSTRANSISCOPE was restored in 2008 and again in 2013 by Bill Brand with the cooperation of the MTA Arts for Transit which has incorporated it into the permanent collection.


Based on the principle of the zoetrope (a 19th century toy), MASSTRANSISCOPE consists of a series of 30” high images housed inside a long wood and steel structure with narrow slits, through which the images are seen. MASSTRANSISCOPE is unlike a movie where the film passes through a projector while the audience sits still. Here in reverse, the film is stationary while the train moves the audience past the film. The MASSTRANSISCOPE image content shifts fluidly between abstraction and representation.  The colorful pictures evolve, transform, expand, contract, explode and metamorphose from simple primary shapes to recognizable balls, people, rockets, plants and landscapes.

Go Behind the scenes to see the reinstallation.


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