One Flat Thing, reproduced
April 19, 2009 5:21 PM   Subscribe

Synchronous Objects - Exploring choreographic structures using objects and data, creating stunning visualisations. [flash]
posted by tellurian (10 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
Nice post tellurian. Very creative imagery. I found this site about dance myself the other day... The Winger.
posted by netbros at 5:41 PM on April 19, 2009

I'm usually not a big fan of flash-only sites, but this was cleverly put together -- technically, the site itself is impressive. What they're doing, on top of that, is cross disciplinary awesomeness. Neat post.
posted by spiderskull at 6:11 PM on April 19, 2009

Aw crap! Now the inline youtube player doesn't work. I suppose it's because I had to get flash 10 to view the OFTr site.
posted by tellurian at 7:36 PM on April 19, 2009

It needs John Madden. I'd like to see them do that with a Jackie Chan fight scene.
posted by doctor_negative at 9:09 PM on April 19, 2009

tellurian, I had the same problem. I couldn't load the page at all, so I caved and got the flash 10 (which I've already had to de-install once this month already). That let the page load, but the "dance" portion of the content will not load.

I'm very disappointed. (Using Firefox 3.0.5/Mac OS 10.5. Same story using Safari.)
posted by reflecked at 1:38 AM on April 20, 2009

What a great find! These representations of various aspects of One Flat Thing as animated visuals is one of the first instances of computational aesthetics that has ever made sense to me.

In my own field, literature, digital humanists and librarians are trying to map relationships between semantic objects and coax coherent data structures from literary texts. This path is like trying to represent the aesthetics of a CG movie by inspecting its underlying code. I'm pretty sure this kind of research will be a dead end, unless literary texts can be categorized in systematic ways.
Then again, what would it mean to program a computer that could catalogue the structures Gerard Genette described in Narrative Discourse.

RE: the OT computer issues some have mentioned, I installed Flash Player 10 at the encouragement of the link and everything seemed to work OK. I don't know what an "inline YouTube player" is, but if it's what comprises 90% of bOINGbOING posts, that works OK for me, too. digital colophon: Mac OS 10.5.6, Safari 4 (5528.16)
posted by mistersquid at 7:06 AM on April 20, 2009

the "dance" portion of the content will not load.
I don't know what an "inline YouTube player" is

These two comments are unrelated as far as I'm concerned. The former relates to the site itself and I don't know why that would be the case. Do you see all the other movies?, would be a starting point.
The latter - I would refer mistersquid to the pronouncement. It's broken for me now and I suspect the flash 10 installer because now Metafilter takes me to the 'do you have flash installed' page.
digital colophon: Mac OS X 10.4.11 Safari 3.0.4.

posted by tellurian at 10:07 AM on April 20, 2009

"Paging Mr. Arbeau, paging Mr. Arbeau ... the 21st century has an update for your dance manual"...

Great post, tellurian (hope didn't sound snarky on the World Digital Library post ... I was wondering the same thing ...)
posted by aldus_manutius at 11:32 AM on April 20, 2009

Hi tellurian. Today I can view all the content on the site. I have no idea why yesterday I could not.

Thank you for this; I'm fascinated.
posted by reflecked at 6:38 PM on April 20, 2009

I'm glad you like it reflecked. I do too. I have never come across such a wide ranging multi-disciplinary analysis. And my inline YouTube player works again now. Hurrah for us.
posted by tellurian at 4:39 AM on April 21, 2009

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