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May 31, 2010

Paper Cut Expo 2010

Filed under: animation, crafts, paper crafts, paper engineering — Tags: , , — popularkinetics @ 7:46 pm

The 2010 Paper Cut Expo is currently exploding with an enthusiastic showing of all manner of paper forms. On exhibit from May 8 through June 20th in Breda, The Netherlands, the exposition includes toys, sculptures, books, videos, and installations featuring paper as the prime medium. For a look at what’s in the exhibition, visit the expo Flickr site. Also, don’t miss the video showing a sampling of the pieces in the show:  http://www.graphicdesignfestival.nl/en/programma/paper-cut/

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April 21, 2009

Science, Sex, and Sculptural Paper

Filed under: animation, art classes, crafts — Tags: , , , , , — popularkinetics @ 10:00 pm

Isabella Rossalini as a Fly

What could be more fascinating than Isabella Rossellini working with paper costuming and sculptures to explain reproductive processes of sea creatures and insects? In her “Green Porno” series of short video productions, Rossellini acts and directs in these funny, informative, and beautifully produced little science segments. Season One covers the reproduction of flies, bees, spiders, fireflies and earthworms. Season Two expands to examine how sea creatures mate, featuring whales, limpets, and starfish, among others. Working with production designer Andy Byers and a team of theater pros, Rossellini has succeeded in making science education a lot more fun with these little video gems!

March 20, 2009

Kinetic Animal Sculptures by Theo Jansen

Theo Jansen's walking sculptures

 

In keeping with the movable aspects of our artistic pursuits at Popular Kinetics, we love the intriguing large-scale sculptures of Dutch artist Theo Jansen. Jansen refers to his works as “animals” and bases their movements on those of insects, sea forms and other living creatures. His sculptures walk on their own along beaches in The Neatherlands, using a traditional Dutch source of energy: the wind.

Jansen’s work crosses borders between art, engineering, and bio-engineering. His artificial life forms “evolve” as he evaluates and improves the characteristics and movements which allow these “beach beasts” to survive outdoors in the elements.

Watch the video of the sculptures here: http://www.wimp.com/theojansen/

January 10, 2009

It’s a Wonderful Internet Video

It's a Wonderful Internet video

Happy New Year! To begin the year, we’ve found this wonderful animation of a pop-up book based on the movie It’s a Wonderful Life. We think it’s a great example of pop-up iconography. Click here  to view it.

June 9, 2008

Muto, the Painted Animation

In still animation, each frame advances the story just a little bit. The frames move so quickly before your eyes that you barely notice they are individual images spliced together to create a “moving picture.” Here, the technique is sometimes visible, but all the more amazing because the images that move are painted, then scrubbed out as part of the narrative itself. This short film titled “Muto” is by the artist Blu, shot on walls in Buenos Aires and Baden, with a soundtrack by Andrea Martignoni. It is a totally captivating adventure.

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