Cinemagraphs, or still images that have a dash of movement, have become very popular as of late. So popular, in fact, that Microsoft Research is jumping onto the bandwagon. The company has released a new tool for creating cinemagraphs, which they call “cliplets”:
A still photograph is a limited format for capturing moments that span an interval of time. Video is the traditional method for recording durations of time, but the subjective “moment” that one desires to capture is often lost in the chaos of shaky camerawork, irrelevant background clutter, and noise that dominates most casually recorded video clips. This work provides a creative lens used to focus on important aspects of a moment by performing spatiotemporal compositing and editing on video-clip input. This is an interactive app that uses semi-automated methods to give users the power to create “cliplets”—a type of imagery that sits between stills and video from handheld videos.
Their free new Cliplets app lets you easily turn a 10-second video clip into a Harry Potter-esque cinemagraph.
An integral part of being a respectable artist is to have your artist statement be so confusing that you can’t even decipher what it means. If coming up with one of these statements requires more time or brainpower than you have on hand, then check out Instant Artist Statement, an online generator that authors a perfect statement on your behalf for you to paste all over your website, exhibitions, and portfolios. Here’s ours:
PetaPixel’s work explores the relationship between the tyranny of ageing and emotional memories.
With influences as diverse as Kierkegaard and Andy Warhol, new combinations are generated from both explicit and implicit layers.
Ever since we were children, we have been fascinated by the ephemeral nature of the mind. What starts out as triumph soon becomes corroded into a cacophony of power, leaving only a sense of what could have been and the possibility of a new synthesis.
As spatial phenomena become clarified through boundaried and critical practice, the viewer is left with an insight into the possibilities of our future.
We’ll be replacing our “About” page with this statement soon…
Instant Artist Statement (via duckrabbit)
Last week Alexandre Oudin’s creative Facebook portrait idea spread like wildfire on the Interwebs, and was even featured by CNN. If you’d like to do the same thing with a portrait or photograph of yours but don’t have the time or technical know-how to do so, there’s a new website called Pic Scatter that does all the work for you. All you need to do is upload and resize and reposition the image to your liking, and the website will allow you to download all the individual photos for the “hacked” profile pic. The only downside is that a “Made with picScatter.com” bar is added to your image.