Round and round and back home again

Boedi Widjaja2018

Singapore Art Museum

Singapore Art Museum
Singapore, Singapore

In a room designed to reference the chamber of a camera obscura, visitors are invited to peer through peepholes, turn hand-cranked mutoscopes and activate motorised mutoscopes in order to be transported back to the past or be propelled into the future.

Considering time as a space for memory and illusion, the artist has created an immersive installation that explores the development and mechanics of earlier and newer animation devices.
Due to the split second retention of images in perception, animation devices can create meaningful movement by employing rapid change and visual memory.

Builidng upon a shared visual memory of time-travel films and documentation of space exploration in this work, both time and space (travel) are traversed in mere seconds.


  • Title: Round and round and back home again
  • Creator: Boedi Widjaja
  • Date Created: 2018
  • Physical Dimensions: Dimensions variable
  • Provenance: Collection of the Artist, Singapore Art Museum commission
  • Medium: Installation with 14 mutoscopes, 3 LED displays and TV monitors

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