Friday, 24 January 2014

Andy Lomas and his Cellular Motions

I guess the thing to keep in mind while watching these simulated growth divisions, is that it can seem like the balls are getting smaller with each division so that the structural mass remains more or less constant, actually I suspect the balls remain constant in size and the view zooms outward with each division so that we can see the growth pattern. Anyway, from a few simple rules comes complexity, form and beauty, no art involved, no grand design, as the artist states, he just lights the fuse.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Flexible Muscle-Based Locomotion for Bipedal Creatures

Here are some tests of a thinking responsive muscle system in action, I actually have empathy for these creatures as they stumble, fall and have boxes thrown at them.

The paper is presented here. Thanks to Skype6 on the Newtek forums for posting this.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Fix your stupid TV!

This piece on the Prolost blog by Stu Maschwitz speaks rather well to the "mistakes" we are seeing made in this new digital age that I referred to in my previous post. He gets rather specific on the details of something that is a concern for anyone who still believes they love cinema.

It's in our homes and a whole new generation grows up to think it is the way things are. In fact it is just another dumb mistake by people who didn't know any better. It's all quite easily avoided if you know about it but that's the problem, most people don't.

Please read and perhaps spread it about.

Friday, 3 January 2014

Tarantino vs Lynch on Film vs Digital

Two modern masters of cinema, and two views on the biggest change to cinema  in my lifetime. First the entertaining, deeply held, glib sounding but fully considered views of Quentin Tarantino.

Next a deeply enigmatic yet compelling view from David Lynch.

I agree with both artists, but Lynch is the innovator here with Tarantino as the traditionalist. Technology has always been the main driver of culture, but that doesn't mean we must drop everything old for the new. We are at that interesting stage of the process where we're seeing a lot of mistakes being made with the new technology, some of those mistakes will actually stick and become the new standard. Lynch's 'Lighter, smaller, less crew' pragmatism can't really be argued with, yet Tarantino's 'illusion of movement' is still the very core of the cinematic experience. Currently both these two ideas can work together but with less considered minds at the helm of the digital vanguard we could easily lose the latter. By that I'm talking about the revolutionary aspect of this technology, the fact that more people can get their hands on it, spend less time learning it, and pump out product in large enough volumes to swamp the culture and become the new normal. We need to watch that.