A Prosthesis restores to the body the range of action that an organ provided before amputation. A catoptric prosthesis also extends the vision beyond, above, over and under the original range of action.In this context then, how can a prosthetic be seen as both a material and discursive object? The kaleidoscope can, on one hand, be seen as a frivolous toy- a relic from the past in the presence of high technological advancements. But it is also a spectacle, perhaps one that predates our present visual culture of multiple and repetitive icons.
The kaleidoscope is fundamentally both a replicator and a multiplier. It reproduces what already exists, but emboldens it with infinite repetition. It is thus the ultimate prosthesis- one that does not merely replace a functional part but enhances it through parallelism, introducing change not of kind but of degree. The kaleidoscope shows that even the banal, uninventive act of prostethic repetition can overwhelm our senses and our reason, its geometric beauty masquerading as vivid experienced truth.