Continuing the work done in Bocote, I created this unofficial music video for LCD Soundsystem's Someone Great using a very old stop motion animation technique called strata-cut.
To create this film, I shaved off the ends of heavily figured woods at roughly 24 cuts per inch and then photographed them. The 1,200+ still images where then cropped, tiled and cropped again before animating in adobe premier pro. Here are some before and after stills.
Below are process images to give you an idea of my setup.
Coming off the success of The Imaginarium, we founded Imaginary Labs to conduct research at the intersection of experimental multimedia environments and human creativity. We were awarded lab space in the Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory End Station III, the terminus of the original Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.
The Imaginarium is now rebuilt, complete with HVAC "borrowed" from the nearby CRAY supercomputer. The Imaginarium will once again become an integral part of ME101 Visual Thinking, a cornerstone of the Undergraduate Design Program.
The original Imaginarium used a projection system located beneath the floor that projected upwards through a fluid filled sphere. We built our first prototype to utilize the same system. However, it turned out that a projector mounted at the top of the dome pointed down onto a hemispherical mirror worked much, much better. Here's an early prototype of that, set to one of my stop motion music videos.
Before relocation to a high school in Los Angeles in 2012, the Imaginarium was used as an ad hoc work space, classroom and experimental multi-media gallery. Check out a few examples below.
A stop motion animation first.
Employing a very old animation technique called strata cut, I created this 30-second short film prototype by sequentially cutting a piece of bocote wood in fine increments and taking a very high resolution still frame of the specially-treated end grain. I then used adobe premiere pro create this short from the 220 individual still frames.
Two Men. Two Weeks. One Dome.
Our first Imaginarium prototype is an artful recreation of the long-defunct, eponymous emblem of the Stanford Design Program's experimental beginnings in the 1960s. The Imaginarium is an 18' diameter, 5/8 geodesic (3V) dome made of recycled cardboard enclosing a 15-sided, raised wooden platform. It is a multi-media environment designed to encourage creativity, alternative thinking and playful interaction. This project is in collaboration with Gregory Kress, a PhD candidate in the Stanford Center for Design Research.
The Imaginarium was up for one night in the atrium of the d.school on the eve of the Design Program's Personal Statements. We hosted roughly 200 people who waited 30 minutes for a 10-minute show that featured Charles & Ray Eames' Powers of Ten video overdubbed with Johnny Greenwood’s Popcorn Superhet Receiver.
BREAKING NEWS: On the success of this project, Greg and I founded Imaginary Labs, which is currently rebuilding The Imaginarium in the Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory on Stanford Campus. Imaginary Labs is primarily engaged in the study of alternative environments and experimental media communications on human creativity.
The following pictures detail the construction of the first prototype, which took place over just two weeks...outside...at night...heated only by a bonfire.
The coolest blacklight ever.
Laser Cut Acrylic
This is a color mixing toy featuring two layers of laser cut acrylic arcs that form concentric rings, all constrained within a clear acrylic plate. This toy was designed as a fun, interactive way to teach children about color mixing and the effects of neighboring colors on one another. By swapping out arcs and/or rotating the top layer, a wild and varied color display ensues. My current progress on a stop motion animation piece using this toy is below.
Reclaimed Architectural Glass Block + Electroluminescent Wire + Electronic Controls
This is one of my favorite projects, created during Bill Burnett's Formgiving class for the Illuminating Object assignment. Modular Beta Blocs were created from reclaimed architectural glass block and electroluminescent wire that plug into a purpose-designed control box. They are dimmable and can be programmed to a respond in various ways to a wide range of external stimuli including ambient light, sound, touch, temperature, humidity, proximity, etc.
This animated gif shows how a new version responding to sound.
The video below shows the very first prototype responding initially to the sound of bubble wrap popping, then to the vibration caused by me shaking it vigorously.