Its more of a stimulating way of combining thinking with imagination, a pictorial and introspective interpretation of photography.
What it really is and why it exists, the two contrivers: Cyril (BE) and Dave (UK) tell us themselves.
# 1 - How would you define kaleidoscope?
It is a different way of looking at pictures. Its like a prism that can offer a different image. Finally kaleidoscope propose another narrative story, another reading. This also tells about my childhood.
a form, a structure, a style... a movement
a systematic way of showing images collectively, a democratization of the function of images
a creative editorial mixed media based on recycling and rotation.... using squares to make larger squares...but... it doesn't have to be about squares.. its about shapes
# 2 - How do you assemble the pictures? (is there any method to match the pictures together?)
As far as Im concerned I assemble pictures very quickly, very spontaneously. I think Dave is more than me in thoughts. I look at his pictures and I know immediately how I'm going to associate them. It's the same thing for my kaleidoscopes shown on Deviant-Art from other artists.
There is a basic traditional form but variations will continually evolve
I will describe the main ones so far in detail.... [link]
# 3 - Who can make them? (Obviously anyone who wants to but do you encourage people to come up with their own kaleidoscopes? If yes, why? If not, why?)
Yet kscope is for Dave and me. We have worked a lot before creating this account and many things to show. But I believe that one day kscope will be opened to others. We are doing that already in our journal. Personally what I could wish is that artists offer us their pictures. This would be to Dave and me to imagine an assembly.
Anyone can make them... no one has been encouraged - no one encouraged us to make them... it is an act of free will on all parts.
I like the idea of making it easier for people to do what they want to do...
rather than being a society that makes it easy for some, hard for others.... anyone one can!....
There are rules, but only so we can bend and break them.
# 4 Who (and when) thought of kscope first? How came the idea of collaborating together?
I think I was the first one to propose to Dave a collaboration between his works and mine. I remember that ... I left him a comment on a journal he posted in a k. form.
Cyril thought of the idea of kaleidoscope. You will have to ask him when he made the first one as i can't access his journal that far back. Luckily i already know you are asking him too.
I made a k in my journal, stating "kaleidoscope is a concept by CBJJBC". Some time later cy asked if i wanted to collaborate, so we started kscope.
# 5 What is the scope of kscope? Why do you make them?
to share fun and experimentation.
The scope is endless, only limited by ideas and the desire to make them. There are various challenges in making them. I think the greatest thing is in imagining the outcome before making it.
# 6 What changes / developments would you like to see in the future?
I believe in my / our imagination. Lavenir nous le dira.
There is a natural evolution, but yet there is also a base to return to.... you can wander away, explore, develop and the return...home
The most exciting thing will be to expand the collaboration... by involving new artists
# 7 Its all sounds great! What are the unwritten rules for those who would like to join the team?
Speaking personally, I dont wish kscope becoming a community. It is a free space of creation between Dave and me which remains open to others. I have appreciated a lot the initiatives of some spontaneous Deviants that we show in the « Tribute » gallery [link]
Also on a personal basis, because we have not really talked about that with Dave, I sometimes want to work with images of other creators. It's a bit what we do in our journal with the "featurescope » section. [link]
I would like to work with Daves pictures more and more but also with other creators. We can imagine then, a gallery, "guest". Just as obviously, we could consider kscope for creations to be published in a gallery "guest" or "friends."
And in conclusion, we could also imagine that some artists give us their pictures. Dave and I will work them in a kaleidoscope form with different variations.
There are no written rules, we had thoughts about them, but they never came to anything.
I guess there are obvious rules, but as artists and rebels, we play with rules, bend and break them.
To impose set rules would be too limiting and lead towards cliché
# 8 How does it feel like being masters of such a brilliant invention?
We have not invented anything and we are masters of nothing. The very first kaleidoscope I posted in my journal is this one:
It was not really a kaleidoscope, but Dave was already well and truly present. That day I remember very well, DA seemed terribly boring. I wanted to show other pictures that I love and still ignored. I truly believe that if I stay by DA, its to share the work of the others. I do not need DA to make my pictures real, and professionally, DA brings me nothing at all.
Finally, the idea of a kaleidoscope, as we stand, is very close to kinetic art. In this sense, we have not invented anything. We simply made for the web in general and DA in particular, an alternative approach to the image.
It's not as if we have invented the wheel and if we had, what use would such a square wheel be?
seriously though, it is early days and although we can imagine what may come of it, the reality is always different.
We seem to live in a world where most people are too busy to take any notice or to get involved... thus things move very slowly and new challenges are not forthcoming .
so we have to create new challenges for ourselves
To conclude, and return to the question... mastery is about control
and i reject control! (if such a thing is possible) which it isn't, because without control nothing happens (unfortunately)
Where did spontaneity go? improvisation?
# 9 what do you think, Ida? what is the scope of the scope?
I enjoy exploring the visual harmony and the associated feelings it conveys. There's a link between pictures and words, pictures and pictures.. both tell a story and that's great! A story in nine frames.
I wish both of you the best and limitless pictures to provide loads of kaleidoscopes for us!