Shown in this video are examples of the Cinema Snowglobe, a new artwork created, invented, and developed at The Workshop Residence, San Francisco and Stochastic Labs, Berkeley, by artists JD Beltran and Scott Minneman. This 21st century snowglobe features moving images, film, and video. (And snow -- actually, tiny particles of glitter.)
The Cinema Snowglobe was featured on NPR and at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art during the museum's closing weekend in May 2013 in collaboration with "The Making Of..." series by The Kitchen Sisters. Cinema Snowglobes with four short films also were featured at the 2015 International Film Festival Rotterdam. In 2014, the project was awarded the prestigious New Technology Art Award, an international biennial award that that recognizes the best in technology-based art. As a result of this award, they were exhibition at Zebrastraat in Ghent, Belgium, in November 2014.
Due to the magic of interactive technology (patent pending), Cinema Snowglobes are activated just like the traditional ones - you pick it up and shake it, and a tiny environment appears and unfolds before your eyes. They are available with various cinematic scenes, with short films created by artist JD Beltran, or you can commission your own custom content. Current versions include a virtual journey across the Golden Gate Bridge, a cross-country road trip, a night sky of Fourth of July Fireworks, a walk through the Rose Garden at Golden Gate Park, and a timelapse film of how artists have rendered the eye from the cave paintings to the present. JD and Scott also collaborated with artist Leo Villareal to create a Cinema Snowglobe of his magnificent public artwork, the sparkling San Francisco Bay Lights on the Bay Bridge.
For more information on the Cinema Snowglobe, see cinemasnowglobes.com.