"The Magnitude of the Continental Divides" is an animation exploring the ways we define ourselves and our nations. It is a journey between many locations in various states of withdrawal and aggression. Borders become weaponized and damage is always dealt from afar. The individual is caught in the midst, unable to separate themselves, unable to define identity without place.
Reuben Margolin, a Bay Area visionary and longtime maker, creates totally singular techno-kinetic wave sculptures. Using everything from wood to cardboard to found and salvaged objects, Reuben’s artwork is diverse, with sculptures ranging from tiny to looming, motorized to hand-cranked. Focusing on natural elements like a discrete water droplet or a powerful ocean eddy, his work is elegant and hypnotic. Also, learn how ocean waves can power our future. Learn more about Reuben at http://www.reubenmargolin.com/
This 3D animation was commissioned by artist Simon Starling for an installation at the MAC/VAL Paris. The exhibit shows the world's first freely programmable computer to use boolean logic and binary floating point numbers while reading a program -the perforated film strip- into its registers.
The Z1, created by Konrad Zuse in 1936, had an instruction set and floating point logic. Built in his parents' Berlin apartment, the unit was destroyed during bombing raids in 1943.
The finished exhibit used 35mm film to project the animation in a continuous loop with a synthetic soundtrack, thus depicting the computer recreating itself by means of its programming medium.
a collaborative animation by Blu and David Ellis
produced by studio cromie
music by Roberto Lange
made at Fame festival 2009