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In The Eyes of Kinetic Beasts - Research

Yuen Jia Jun

Friday, Mar 23, 2018 - 02:25:46 am

@ Bird Whisperer

A flea also has spines around its head and mouth — the number and shape vary according to the flea’s species. The mouth itself is adapted for piercing skin and sucking blood. Several mouthparts come together to form a needlelike drinking tube.

How a flea operates;

Two sawlike laciniae cut the skin. They also fit together to form a saliva channel. The epipharynx Read more →
Hilarious cartoons JJ! :P Do try to include a diagram showing the trajectory of a flea’s leap in comparison to it’s size just as you’ve shown me on Friday with Fran.

KINETIC BEASTS // plover birds research

Minjee Cheon

Friday, Mar 23, 2018 - 01:28:22 am

@ Minjee

When I was assigned the crocodile and plover bird, the first thing that came to mind was a childhood picture book.

The main characters are Bill the Crocodile and his “toothbrush” friend Pete the bird. How they help each other seemed to be the perfect representation of the win-win relationship the animals have with each other.

After observing the Plover bird Read more →

Some detailed research here Minjee! As mentioned in class, if specific information on the Plover bird is hard to find, try to draw some generic conclusions to assist you in making your combined kinetic beasts. Hope you’ll find a way to work out making a series of synchronised pecking motion & meet the challenge of it responding to thermal changes.

RESEARCH: In the Eyes of the Kinetic Ant


Friday, Mar 23, 2018 - 01:25:31 am

@ dion

A very good summary on some of the ant’s characteristics Dion! Clever kinetic manipulations of ant movement too shown on Friday. See if you can make the combined kinetic beast less “boxey” & find a way to show multiples of it (maybe by using a mirroring effect).. as ants work in teams.... although I know you mentioned it being a personal relationship between AN ant & aphid. I think it gives you an opportunity to think both macro (many ants in action) & micro...(1 ant/ aphid)

[In the Eyes of Kinetic Beasts] Research!


Friday, Mar 23, 2018 - 12:29:49 am

@ n i k i

I’m paired up with Yinghui for this assignment, and the pair of creatures we got were the fire sea urchin (mine), and the urchin crab (Yinghui)!

As there are a number of urchins who look like they’re on fire ahaha, I decided on the astropyga radiata, who are well-known for being ferried about by carrier crabs

range of motion and anatomy

Couldn’t find a Read more →

Thanks for sharing the interesting urchin research finds Niki! Hope you can amalgamate all your finds & tease out something unique for your combined kinetic beast!
Especially loved your Creature Report finds... lol

#003 Research I - In the Eyes of Kinetic Beasts (Clownfish)

Jingyi Chen

Friday, Mar 23, 2018 - 12:14:06 am

@ hantallie

Of the nearly 30 species of clownfish, there are two types commonly referred to as the orange clownfish (Amphiprion percula and Ocellaris). The percula clownfish is distinguished by its vivid orange colour with distinctive white bands outlined in black.

All clownfish are born male. As they mature, they usually pair off with another clownfish, and the dominant individual becomes a female. The Read more →

Tags: 3d | research
Clear explanation on the relationship between sea anemone, clownfish & starfish here.... more sketches on the clownfish swimming motion or dance patterns would be useful in your understanding of its kinetic movement vocabulary.


Lung Nok Wan

Thursday, Mar 22, 2018 - 11:14:41 pm




The relationship between aphids and ants is symbiotic in that both receive some benefit from the arrangement.

Aphids are also known as plant lice, they are very small sap-sucking insects that collect the sugar-rich fluids from host plants.

Aphids consume large quantities of a plant to gain adequate nutrition. They then excrete Read more →

Tags: 3D | ant | aphid
i want to see pictures of aphids please

look in the mirror

Lol! I share your sentiments Brendan... but for fear that Nok Wan asks me to look in the mirror as well, I would say she has cleverly found an apt metaphor to represent the ant & aphid relationship... ;) From your research, it does make the ant sound rather conniving & manipulative creatures... breaking their wings & impeding their growth!?! poor aphids... Great job with the stylized aphid fact file summary.... :) I hope you girls find an interesting way to incorporate the free falling with the scrambly ant legs in your combined kinetic beast!

Research: sea anemone and friends

Ho Si Hui

Thursday, Mar 22, 2018 - 03:28:27 pm

@ runaway salmon



When the sea anemone closes its mouth, the water in the gut cavity acts as a hydrostatic skeleton, enabling it to expand longer and thinner or shorter and fatter or to bend in any direction.

2 key senses for survival

Sense of touch: The tentacles are armed with numerous cnidocytes that are triggered by the slightest touch, firing nematocysts to Read more →


[F&V] Kinetic Beasts: Dog and Flea Research


Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018 - 03:25:26 pm

@ Francesca

This post is a compilation of my research for the last project, In the Eyes of Kinetic Beasts. I will be working with JJ this time and the animals that we got are the dog and the flea. I will be researching more on the dog!


Symbiosis between the dog and flea Range of movement 2 key senses Body language


What is symbiosis?

Symbiosis Read more →

Yes Fran, am constantly learning how to fine-tune my interpretation of the doggy body language because it really varies from dog to dog. Lol!

A crocodile king and his dentist


Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018 - 02:23:15 pm

@ castrochronicles

A description of a crocodile and plover bird’s perspective, senses and movements.

Billabong King Crocodile-

The King looks for lunch (03:58)

The Billabong King Crocodile is a massive creature, scaring the little crocodiles in the river with his status as the alpha crocodile. He stares into the murky water, Read more →

make this into a bedtime storybook for kids plot
Nok Wan, the text is too long to be a bedtime story unless it’s intentional to lull them to sleep... Zzzzz Thanks for the story inspiration Brendan! Summarized would be great! :)
Oh yes there is a summarised version. Its actually linked here, i think its in one of the later OSS post.