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"The world is really so surreal these days that it's necessary for us to blunt it somehow in order to stay sane. The artist functions to short-circuit the buffering mechanism, so that people can occasionally perceive the weirdness of things as they are."
- William Gibson

Kinotrope  
  Small bits of painted wood in a grid that spin around to form different pixelated images.  

A mechanical frieze, a slow sort of kinotrope for Aaron's adverts, made all of little bits of painted wood, clicking about each in turn, behind leaded sheets of bevel-glass.
From The Difference Engine, by William Gibson (w/B. Sterling).
Published by Gollancz in 1990
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