Play with odd optical innovations and discover the weird and wonderful pioneers of video games, animation, cinema and cat gif’s
In the early 1800s
“Philosophical Toys” were a bridge between emerging sciences and popular culture. Often derived from lab experiments, these odd optical effects were reproduced as novel and enlightening amusements for both adults and children.
Echoing this spirit, Optikammer is a kind of philosophical toy, or playable poster. By making original artefacts interestingly interactive it aims to connect modern visual media with its earliest analogue ancestors.