Zimoun : Compilation | Will be featuring in Brighton Festival 2014

Using simple and functional components, Zimoun builds architecturally-minded platforms of sound. Exploring mechanical rhythm and flow in prepared systems, his installations incorporate commonplace industrial objects. In an obsessive display of simple and functional materials, these works articulate a tension between the orderly patterns of Modernism and the chaotic forces of life. Carrying an emotional depth, the acoustic hum of natural phenomena in Zimoun’s minimalist constructions effortlessly reverberates.

The work of Zimoun can be seen at Brighton University from the 3rd of May to the 25th of May as part of Brighton Festival 2014.

Swarming bahaviour: Dance and Mathematics

Starlings swarming over the west pier

Starlings swarming over the west pier

You’ve probably seen the starlings swarming over the west pier in Brighton (or elsewhere)…

Swarming bahviour of the kind that creates the starling birdswarm over the pier in the evenings (see Vimeo video from New Orleans below, great example of it 1) looks organised but yet completely random.

It is created by surprisingly simple rules of interraction, comparable to the rules of a dance.¬†Mathematics has been used to create a simple animation to imitate the naturally occuring phenomenon (see wolfram link below 2) based on the idea that each ‘dancer’ randomly chooses one other to follow and one other to avoid, and then ‘randomly’ re-chooses. See wiki link 3 for more info on swarming behaviour and artificial intelligence.

1. http://vimeo.com/18365296

2. http://community.wolfram.com/groups/-/m/t/122095

3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swarm_behaviour

JAY FUNK | L.A. | SAMSUNG FINGER DANCE

Jay Funk, based in L.A., recently did this advert for Samsung in which he only dances using the top half of his body, and even then it’s primarily using just his hands. At first it just seems that perhaps he just had to much time on his hands, pardon the pun, but the speed and intensity soon picks up, and to top it off the clever use of CG in the clip also really helps bring it to life. It’s a great way of looking at alternative forms of movement.

Unnamed Soundsculpture | Daniel Franke & Cedric Kiefer

This motion creation followers the real movements recorded from a person. The well animated and created figure is a brilliant example of basic human form. As the music plays the figure moves and dances, one minute it can look like a collapsing building, the next it has the unmistakeable form of a person holding a strong figure. Definitely worth a watch as it shows a really interesting example of simple movement.

Earth | Creative Inspiration

Although not exactly beaming with artistic input this video has been noted recently by various designers as an interesting source of inspiration, whether it’s taken literally or looked into deeper. Filmed from the International Space Station… I( n space… but you got that… ) This clip shows a round the world trip in about 5 minutes. The detailing is incredible and it’s a great watch.

History of the Title Sequence

For those interested in animation or motion graphics and design, this is a great 2 minute clip that gives names of title sequence designers for movies, the presentation and filming is extremely well done, The clip was created by a graduate in 2011 and was made with the intention of vbeing an opening sequence for a documentary . The clip also won an award in 2012 for Vimeo 2012 Motion Graphics.