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Animation

An Experimental Animation of Blooming Flowers

September 6, 2017

Christopher Jobson

Though it’s practically over before it starts, this brief animation titled flow/er by Alexa Sirbu and Lukas Vojir takes us into a primordial world of blooming flowers, where organic particles and flower petals collide in beautifully random explosions. Their statement on the project:

In nature, it is often the simplest rules that lead to forming the most complex, beautiful forms.
flow/er is a visual poem that observes this through a design lens, combining our fascination with organic,
raw aesthetic with foreign geometric forms. We observe natural laws take shape in a strange dance of meticulous choreography clashing with violent forces of nature.

You can see an equally brief making-of clip here. (via Colossal Submissions)

 

 



Art Design

Unendurable Line: A Fun Short Film Tracks the Movement of Everyday Objects as a Real-Time Graph

September 5, 2017

Christopher Jobson

There’s simply no compelling way to describe this unusual short film from director Daihei Shibata which attempts to plot the movement of everyday objects such as a light switch or a spring as a real-time graph. Sibata explains this as a film that expresses “the various thresholds hidden in everyday life.” OK, interesting enough, but when paired with a score by the EX NOVO Chamber Choir—turn up the volume—it suddenly becomes completely amazing. I’d love to see a whole series of these. If you like this, all check out The Beauty of Mathematics. (via The Awesomer)

 

 



Amazing Photography

The Hummingbird Whisperer: A UCLA Researcher Cultivates a Community of 200 Hummingbirds Outside Her Window

September 4, 2017

Christopher Jobson

Photographer Melanie Barboni is an assistant researcher at UCLA’s Earth, Planetary and Space Science Program where she installed a hummingbird feeder outside her office window in hopes of seeing the elusive birds and maybe snapping a photo. Two years and several feeders later, she estimates there are over 200 birds that now stop by her window every day, over 50 of which she’s bestowed with names because she can recognize them on sight. Barboni was raised in Switzerland where hummingbirds are practically non-existent and she only read about them in books. She likens the view from her office at UCLA as a dream come true, a place that she’s referred to as The Hummingbird Whisperer. (via Laughing Squid)

 

 



Art

Accumulation: A Dramatic Concentric Tunnel of Light Patterns by Yang Minha

September 4, 2017

Christopher Jobson

New media artist Yang Minha recently completed work on this dizzying light tunnel installed outside the main gate of Le Méridien Seoul in South Korea. Titled Accumulation, the piece is comprised of rotating square panels that display an ongoing sequence of 6 geometric patterns based on six concepts: rise, flow, accumulation, dimension, light, and overlap. You can see more of Minha’s digital work on his website. (via Prosthetic Knowledge)

 

 



Animation

Elements: An Animated Film of Improbable Gallery Installations Composed of Two Billion Shifting Spheres by Maxim Zhestkov

September 1, 2017

Kate Sierzputowski

Elements, an experimental art film by Maxim Zhestkov, follows more than two billion black and white spheres through a series of experiments within several enclosed spaces. Throughout the film the particles swarm through different white rooms, each labeled with subtle wall text that broadly defines the physics of each animation such as flow, diffusion, and pressure. Set to a score of hauntingly hollow tones, Elements is intended to express laws of nature and mathematics, visually representing the composition of particles found in each of us.

“The film is a trial to explore the idea that everything around us and inside us is made from simple elements or blocks which can be arranged in complex relationships and become compound structures,” says Zhestkov. “We could project this idea into emotions, behaviors, thought processes, relationships, life, planets and the universe.”

Zhestkov is a visual artist and motion designer based in Russia working in animation, design, and cinematography. You can see more of his short film projects and illustrations on his Vimeo and Behance.

 

 



Crafts Design

The Painstaking 12-Month Process of Crafting a Traditional Korean Inlaid Lacquer Box

August 25, 2017

Laura Staugaitis

This four and a half minute-long video from Victoria & Albert Museum condenses the twelve months of meticulous labor that are required to make a traditional Korean inlaid lacquer box. Featuring skilled craftsman Lee Kwang-Woong, the video shows each of the many steps, starting with harvesting sap from a lacquer tree, and including fret sawing, charcoal polishing, and lacquer curing. Although we’re just spectators in the process, the behind-the-scenes footage makes the final product shots that much more satisfying. (via Core77)

 

 



Amazing Photography

Footage of Over 30 Hummingbirds Splashing in a Birdbath

August 24, 2017

Christopher Jobson

Youtuber WildWingsLA has a special birdbath setup specifically for hummingbirds outside their Beverly Hills home. Known for being territorial, it’s rare to see so many birds at once, but at times the frame fills with dozens of them. Fun fact: a group of a hummingbirds is called a charm. (via Laughing Squid)