Oh, this is great. Alexandre Dubosc made this wonderful zoetrope that uses chocolate and popcorn to animate itself. As the multi-layer cake spins around, different things begin to appear as if they’re moving and it’s all perfectly matched with the sound. Corn kernels pop, popcorn gets catapulted and chocolate mouths…
These mesmerizing gifs are, quite literally, the stuff of nightmares. Strange, lovely nightmares.
Artist Takeshi Murata has physically animated this sphere using kinetic motion and strobes—it is not a 3D render. It is in fact a type of zoetrope, a rotating illusion originating in the nineteenth century, and was designed on a computer then fabricated by craftsmen and mechanical engineers.
Modern GIFs may make the Internet a more animated place, but they're no match for the sublime weirdness of 19th-century animations. While some are graceful mini-movies of people and animals, others seem pulled from some truly surreal nightmares.
Before YouTube, TV, and even the movies, people were genuinely entertained by a device called a Zoetrope that played simple looped animations while it spun. The animations were created on strips of paper that were placed inside the inner circumference of the device—a process that's been made considerably easier with…
Adobe researchers have constructed a time machine that lets you view any web page over time, scrolling to see changes in data. But the Zoetrope software that lets you watch pricing or news-story changes over time has even headier magic powers, too.
As reported yesterday, Sony's new Bravia ad will feature the world's largest zoetrope, a 10m tribute to those Olde-Tyme Rotational Animation Dee-vices displayed in local children's museums. You know, with the horses? Here's a video.