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Eye Know: A Kaleidoscopic Journey through the Streets of Tokyo at Night

This independet film project from filmmaker Hiroshi Kondo starts as a fairly typical time-lapse journey through highways surrounding Tokyo, but quickly morphs into something entirely different. Kondo makes use of lampposts and other nighttime light sources to create this dazzling, kaleidoscopic explosion of color and motion set to music by Ayako Taniguchi.

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Singapore Changi Airport Timelapse Turns Planes into Abstract Streaks of Light

Singapore Changi Airport Timelapse Turns Planes into Abstract Streaks of Light video art timelapse Singapore airplanes

Photographer and filmmaker Milton Tan was given unprecedented access to Singapore Changi Airport in order to film his latest timelapse of planes taking off and landing at night. In an unusual reversal, airport officials saw one of Tan’s earlier films, and immediately invited him to shoot at Changi from several restricted areas. He was at times positioned so close that you can occasionally see his tripod shake from the thrust of the jet engines.

My favorite aspect is that even when the airport appears to be busiest (Changi Airport has a takeoff or landing every minute), the airplanes only appear as abstract orbs and streaks of light moving through the sky. You can see a bit more about how it was made over on PetaPixel, and on Tan’s blog.

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How the Sun Sees You: People Discover What They Look like under Ultraviolet Light, and the Startling Power of Sunscreen

How the Sun Sees You: People Discover What They Look like under Ultraviolet Light, and the Startling Power of Sunscreen video art

Artist Thomas Leveritt recently setup a special UV motion camera in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park with the intent of filming random passersby. Ultraviolet rays have the ability to expose not-yet-visible changes to human skin, namely freckles, that turn even the most unblemished faces into dark explosions of dots. Leveritt installed a monitor above the camera so people could instantly see the results, and then to heighten the effect, supplied them sunscreen in a vivid demonstration of why you should probably never again step outside without it. (via Laughing Squid, Co.Create)

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Cosmic Flower Unfolding: An Abstract Metaphysical Animation by Ben Ridgway

Animator Ben Ridgway creates abstract animations that explore organic and metaphysical imagery, relating to aspects of life and interconnectedness. His latest film, Cosmic Flower Unfolding, recently won several awards and has been touring film festivals around the world since late last year. He shares about his work via his website:

My abstract animations investigate the metaphysical features of reality. They are designed to stimulate archetypal associations and invite the viewer to make personal connections to the visual and auditory experience without any reliance on narrative or spoken language. [...] My work is abstract by nature and uses non narrative film making techniques. The undercurrents of my work point to themes centered around time, cycles, the concept of infinity, and the similarities between artificial and natural systems. In a world where technology and artificial systems are becoming more prevalent, my films are a reminder that they are both a product of nature.

(via Vimeo Staff Picks)

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A Brain-Like Building Turned into a Twisting Video Mapping Light Show

A Brain Like Building Turned into a Twisting Video Mapping Light Show video art projection installation architecture

A Brain Like Building Turned into a Twisting Video Mapping Light Show video art projection installation architecture

A Brain Like Building Turned into a Twisting Video Mapping Light Show video art projection installation architecture

A Brain Like Building Turned into a Twisting Video Mapping Light Show video art projection installation architecture

A Brain Like Building Turned into a Twisting Video Mapping Light Show video art projection installation architecture
Nikola Lenivets

A Brain Like Building Turned into a Twisting Video Mapping Light Show video art projection installation architecture
Nikola Lenivets

As part of the New Media Night Festival last month at Moscow’s Nikola-Lenivets Art Park, one of the most unusual video-mapping projects we’ve seen took place against the backdrop of Nikolay Polissky’s (previously) brain-like Universe Mind structure. The twisting, serpentine building has been used for years as a centerpiece to many events at the art park which now boasts a collection of almost 30 architecturally-influenced artworks, including a 170-foot trampoline installed in the middle of a forest.

For this year’s New Media Night Festival, media design studio Radugadesign was comissioned to set ‘Universe Mind’ in motion with this 8-minute video projection. If you’d like to get a feel for what it’s like to step inside the building under normal circumstances, check out this interactive 360° panorama. (via The Creator’s Project)

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Artist Erdal Enci Clones Himself to Create Elaborate Choreographed GIFs

Artist Erdal Enci Clones Himself to Create Elaborate Choreographed GIFs video art gifs animation

Artist Erdal Enci Clones Himself to Create Elaborate Choreographed GIFs video art gifs animation

Artist Erdal Enci Clones Himself to Create Elaborate Choreographed GIFs video art gifs animation

Artist Erdal Enci Clones Himself to Create Elaborate Choreographed GIFs video art gifs animation

Artist Erdal Enci Clones Himself to Create Elaborate Choreographed GIFs video art gifs animation

Artist Erdal Enci Clones Himself to Create Elaborate Choreographed GIFs video art gifs animation

Artist Erdal Enci Clones Himself to Create Elaborate Choreographed GIFs video art gifs animation

Artist Erdal Enci Clones Himself to Create Elaborate Choreographed GIFs video art gifs animation

It’s been over a year since we last checked in with video artist Erdal Inci (previously) who clones multiple recordings of himself moving through public spaces resulting in these bizarre looping performances. Inci often carries lights or other objects which lend a sense of choreography to each video, and at times the exposure eliminates him from the scene or makes him appear shadowlike in the background. Here are a few of our favorites over the last few months but you can see more on his website and at a higher resolution on Vimeo. (via iGNANT)

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Timelapse of Dormant ‘Rose of Jericho’ Plants Exploding to Life After Exposure to Water

Timelapse of Dormant Rose of Jericho Plants Exploding to Life After Exposure to Water video art timelapse science plants nature

Timelapse of Dormant Rose of Jericho Plants Exploding to Life After Exposure to Water video art timelapse science plants nature

Timelapse of Dormant Rose of Jericho Plants Exploding to Life After Exposure to Water video art timelapse science plants nature

The Rose of Jericho (Selaginella lepidophylla) is a species of desert moss that has the amazing ability to ‘resurrect’ itself after bouts of extreme dehydration lasting months or even years. After just a few hours of exposure to moisture the plants burst to life, uncurling from a tight ball of dry leaves to a green flower-like shape. Videographer Sean Steininger shot this timelapse of several plants as he exposed them to water. (via Cause, Science!)

Update: Apparently a few places sell these plants online.

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