Magnetic fluid art installation

Protude Flow
Protude Flow is one of the most amazing art installations I have ever seen. Another clip from my archive of videos from the Siggraph conference back in 2001. It is impossible to communicate how it was to experience this thing live through a video. The installation was made by Sachiko Kodama and Minako Takeno. It is a pool of magnetic fluid with one very powerful electro magnet above it. The magnet is controlled by the sound in the room through a microphone.

Link to video on Revver.

The experience was something like “this has to be trick photography“. But you are there in the room and it is real…

Magnetic fluid art installation

Amazing floating words

While preparing for Siggraph 2006 i went through my archives and found a couple of videos from my visit to Siggraph back in 2001. Some of the technology and art installations are still pretty amazing so I have decided to post a series of videos from that conference.

This one is from the art exhibition. The system consist of a couple of computers, a projector, a camera and a pool of water. The projector and the camera is mounted directly above the pool. One computer renders the characters and project them in the pool. Another computer is analyzing the video feed from the camera and control the animation of the words on basis of the movements of the elements in the picture. One is used to move the characters and the other one is used as an eraser.

Link to the video on YouTube.

You speak into a microphone and letters start to drip out of the funnel. Then you can have fun lifting the letters up, moving them around and erase them.

These kinds of alternative methods of controlling computers are quite interesting. Again, I have to think about Brian Eno and the wish for more “africa” in computers. Mentioned here at before. You also find some thoughts over at

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Credit goes to the artist Shinji Sasada, that will be back with some interesting stuff this year.

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Amazing floating words