This machine uses animation technology that dates back to 180 AD in China. A popular home entertainment device in the 1800s, the zoetrope [Greek: zoe (life) + trope (wheel or turn)] displays a closed loop of animated images to the viewer who peers through slits in the top of the drum as it turns. This version of the zoetrope reuses an old record player to turn the drum, and adds a recycled cardboard tube, or "scope" to help further focus the viewer's attention on one image at a time.

The closed loop of a zoetrope serves as a metaphor for the interconnected nature of all people and everything that exists.

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