was a pre cinema entertainment device enabling a theatre audience
to watch a continuous panoramic painting scroll by on tremendous
rollers. For hours audiences would watch as scenes unfolded before
One of the most
famous pantoscopic paintings was John Banvard's depiction of a journey
down the Mississippi that he claimed - probably with some showman's
exaggeration - was "painted on 3 miles of canvas".
I created a
portable version of this public entertainment device that uses a
ten-meter scroll of cartridge paper measuring 28cm in diameter.
Like handmade videotape, the paper scroll is wound from spool to
spool and a drawing is created on each visible section as it passes
by. This device enables a continuous image to be produced.
the drawing is complete, watercolour is added from memory and documentation
The finished scroll is then recorded rolling passed a digital video
camera. The animation can then be viewed as if riding the journey,
continuing the tradition of an informative, entertaining public