As an animation editor, I’m always fascinated by the artistic development and cross-over between animation, stop-motion and contemporary art installations. Wander through the SIGGRAPH Art Gallery Events or check out any museum space and you’ll see the intersections between animation, information, interactive art and technology.
Reflecting these trends for alternative stop motion techniques, we are publishing Tom Gasek’s Frame by Frame Stop Motion in October. This title highlights some really incredible stop-motion techniques and unique approaches to animation. The short film MÖBIUS by ENESS is not exactly an animated short, per say, but it does feature some incredible time lapse and frame by frame techniques.
An award winning art & design practice, based in Melbourne Australia, ENESS creates public art installations that marry varying disciplines from fine art to architecture, interactive technology and sport. They recently transformed Melbourne’s Federation Square with twenty-one neon-green triangles.
MÖBIUS is described as “a sculpture that can be configured into many cyclical patterns and behave as though it is eating itself, whilst sinking into the ground. The result is an optical illusion and a time-lapse of people interacting with the sculpture and moving through Melbourne’s landmark location throughout the day. ” MÖBIUS was animated over two weeks. Armed with two wide-angle lenses, frame by frame magic and scores of volunteers, The MÖBIUS team moved 21 art installation pieces across the square. Each shot took 3 hours to accomplish, accounting for only 3 to 4 secs of film. Be sure to check out the “Making-Of” video as well. It’s fascinating to see how this was accomplished. Enjoy!
Making of Mobius
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