Art in Motion!
the 1960’s, the Op
Art (short for Optic Art) movement began
experimenting with pictures that stimulate the brain in such
a way that they appear to move. It is around 1997 that I started
developing optic kinetic media called 'Kinegrams'. With my
kinetic technique based on early optical principles it is possible
to transform everyday objects into little movie machines… These
optical applications produce true amazing effects with simple
phase-motion patterns and overlays having fine black pattern
printed on them - rivaling the classic motion picture toys
of a century ago!
All animation is based on the same principle: persistence
of vision. The Kinegrams artfully combine the visual
effects of moiré patterns with
the zoetrope animation
technique. The earliest attempts of this technique date back
to the French pre-cinema technique of “Ombro-Cinéma” in
the late XIX Century.
The animated sequence is created when the complex image - the
Kinegram - is viewed through the acetate that has a fine and
solid black pattern printed on it. The blank spaces of the pattern
being transparent, as the overlay is slid across the Kinegram,
different selections of the Kinegram become visible... Your brain
links this succession of appearing images together, creating
the illusion of fluid motion, as shown in the two examples below.
Is the basic still image with special kinoptic patterns.
There are many way to create a Kinegram... You can see
here two main types.
Acetate with solid black lines. The width of the stripes
depends on the phase-motion of the Kinegram. But the acetate
can also present other kinds of patterns, such as round blank
holes, as shown below.
When the overlay is slid from side to side over the Kinegrams
the windmill blades start to rotate and the horse, to gallop!
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Kinegrams can be used in books,
animated cards, works
of art, interior design, and on many other products. Below
are some Kinegram samples you can play or experiment with.
Kinegrams are highly interactive and can be a smart way to teach
and promote the pleasure of reading to children. In effect, they
allow words to become alive and to poetically transform into images,
and viceversa, catching the curiosity and attention of youngsters
and adults alike.
Kinegrams represent a dynamical and amazing way to investigate
the many aspects of shapes and colors. With this technique, hypnotic
abstract shapes and patterns appear to move in a loop-like seamless
the emotions and instant of everyday life
Any everyday life act or gesture can be visually simulated by Kinegrams:
walking, dacing, swimming, flying... Like a very short yet significant
interesting variant: the rotating Kinegram
The “Rotating Kinegram” is a development of the linear
Kinegram process. While with classic Kinegram the still image
comes to life as soon as an overlay with solid vertical lines
is slid across it, with Rotating Kinegram process instead the
still image animates when a transparent disc with printed radial
stripes is spun over it. A very simple example is shown below,
you can see more interesting examples and applications of Rotating
Kinegrams from my Behance
gallery. This kind of Kinegram can be used to illustrate
interactive children books, to animate advertising material,
or to decorate watches in a dynamic fashion.
it in motion!]
more information about the Kinegrams? Contact
me today or download the following PDF file