Kinematics 4D printing

Kinematics is a system for 4D printing that creates complex, foldable forms composed of articulated modules. The system provides a way to turn any three-dimensional shape into a flexible structure using 3D printing. Kinematics combines computational geometry techniques with rigid body physics and customization. Practically, Kinematics allows us to take large objects and compress them down for 3D printing through simulation. It also enables the production of intricately patterned wearables that conform flexibly to the body.

Gantz Graf by Autechre

The video features an abstract object (or an agglomeration of objects) synchronized to the music as it morphs, pulsates, shakes, and finally dissolves. Rutterford (who had previously created an unofficial video for the Tri Repetae track “Eutow” as part of the Channel 4 music programme Lo-Fi in 2001) claims the idea for the “Gantz Graf” video came during one of his LSD trips. Rutterford also stated that there was no generative element to the imagery; every three-dimensional object in the agglomeration was painstakingly and manually synchronised with a specific element or frequency range within the track. The video was produced by Lost in Space.

Balance by Christoph & Wolfgang Lauenstein

One of those great short films that explore human nature,Balance is a classic Oscar winning animation from brothers Cristoph and Wolfgang Lauenstein. Five men are on a pivoting platform that requires they move in unison to remain in balance. However, when one of them brings up a chest from the unseen mist below it becomes apparent that, should they wish to, any one of them can slide the chest towards them and force the others to move. (1989)

The Power of Concentration & Balance by Miyoko Shida Rigolo

Miyoko Shida Rigolo interprets the Sanddorn Balance in a mysterious, almost mystical way. It is immediately clear how profoundly Miyoko Shida Rigolo touches people with her performance. After just a few performances she received invitations to Russian circus festivals and won prizes there (the Silver Medal and the Special Prize from the Russian State Circus at the 5th International Festival of Circus Art in Izhevsk, Udmurtia, Russia, 2012). Her first appearance in Spain was immediately broadcast on television and the clip of her performance became an internet sensation: more than 10 million clicks within a few days. The whole world was talking about Miyoko Shida Rigolo and the art of the Sanddorn Balance.

The Private Life of Plants – BBC Timelapse

David Attenborough documentary series exploring the life cycle of plants. A study of the growth, movement, reproduction and survival.

The series utilises time-lapse sequences extensively in order to grant insights that would otherwise be almost impossible. Plants live on a different time scale, and even though their life is highly complex and often surprising, most of it is invisible to humans unless events that happen over months or even years are shown within seconds. (BBC 1995)

Tango by Zbigniew Rybczyński

Thirty-six characters from different stages of life – representations of different times – interact in one room, moving in loops, observed by a static camera. Rybczynski had to draw and paint about 16.000 cell-mattes, and make several hundred thousand exposures on an optical printer. It took a full seven months, sixteen hours per day, to make the piece. (1980)

Inspiration for the Bonobo video ‘Cirrus’ (2013)

A New Look at Jean Tinguely’s Work

The Swiss artist Jean Tinguely is especially known for his art machines and considered as one of the main protagonists of kinetic art. He belonged to the Parisian avantgarde and the Nouveau Réalisme (New Realists) in the mid-twentieth century. Tinguely was born in Fribourg, Switzerland, in 1925, but grew up in Basel, where the Museum Tinguely presents his work since 1996.

Sculptor of Air – Alexander Calder

nique modern artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976) revolutionized the art of sculpture with his distinctive modernism, freeing sculpture from its stand and adding movement to the art itself.
He rose to fame in the 1930s with his renowned Miniature Circus, but his modernist creativity skyrocketed with his wire sculptures, an invention he dubbed “drawing in space”.
Contemporary and friend with Duchamp, Miro, and Mondrian, who have greatly influenced his evolution, this genius tinkerer, too often limited to his Mobiles, was fueled by artistic renewal, creating such unexpected shapes as his huge stabile sculptures now exhibited worldwide.
In light of the artist’s life, this film retraces this unique quest and explores the masterpieces that have marked the history of 20st century art.


Plastic bag scene from the film ‘American Beauty’

“It was one of those days, when it’s a minute away from snowing, and there’s this electricity in the air. You can almost hear it, right? And this bag was just dancing with me, like a little kid begging me to play with it, for fifteen minutes.

That’s the day I realized there was this entire life behind things, and this incredibly benevolent force, that wanted me to know there was no reason to be afraid, ever. Video’s a poor excuse, I know, but it helps me remember. I need to remember.

Sometimes there is so much… beauty… in the world, I feel like I can’t take it, and my heart is just going to cave in.”