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November 22, 2014 10:13 am


Well, this is something a bit different. French artist Julien Maire has created an animated short, in which each frame of the animation is a 3d printed model:

“Relief is a reel of film that’s not actually film at all. It’s a long, looped strip of miniature figurines, 3-D printed out of translucent resin. Each one looks a little like a toy soldier, but instead of guns and grenades, each of the 85 statuettes shows a different posture of a man, shoveling dirt in and out of a hole in the ground. The strip of figurines is attached to a projector, which shines light through the figures.”

from Wired Magazine

Maire produced the piece while on a residency at the Brussels iMAL Center for Digital Cultures and Technology. It is an interesting idea, and one that, to me, really seems to bring home the idea of the craft that animation is – the labor intensive work that goes in to making a piece of animation. This is an idea which is easy to forget with the highly polished CG work we see from Pixar and Dreamworks, and it’s nice to see someone doing something different with the form.

December 10, 2012 10:55 pm

finally – Understand Music

More clean, simple and beautiful motion graphics, this time from German creative studio finally. I love the way that this short is able to visualize music and abstract musical concepts, whilst maintaining a strict, clear aesthetic style throughout. It puts me in mind a little of the way Disney were able to visualize music in Fantasia, back in 1940.

This makes me want to open up After Effects again and work on something a little more abstract and graphical.

December 9, 2012 3:13 pm

La La La Human Steps – Amelia

I have recently been reminded of this amazing dance video from 2003, and I can’t believe I haven’t posted it earlier. Choreographer Édouard Lock‘s film with the Canadian dance company La La La Human Steps is, in my opinion, a masterpiece. Abstract contemporary ballet, somewhat bleak and melancholy, with stunning photography and beautiful dancing. If I ever make a dance video (and I hope to, one day) I want it to look like this.

August 12, 2012 9:51 pm

Water Light Graffiti

More awesome technology-based art installations, this time an interactive sculpture in which people can use water to paint onto a wall of moisture-activated LEDs. Using paint brushes, water cannons and moist fingers, members of the public can create an illuminated, non-destructive, and very 21st-century style of graffiti. I think it’s a great idea.

The installation was created by Antonin Fourneau at the Digitalarti Artlab. It was displayed in Poitiers, France, in July.

Water Light Graffiti by Antonin Fourneau, created in the Digitalarti Artlab from Digitalarti on Vimeo.

For more information and behind-the-scenes photos, visit the Digitalarti blog

October 23, 2010 7:28 pm


This beautiful abstract video installation from Candas Sisman is inspired by the works of sculptor İlhan Koman. It explores a continuity of movement, with morphing transformations from 2D to 3D shapes, echoing the structural elements of Koman’s own work.

Commissioned by Plato Art Space