Interpreting ‘Multi-Disciplinary’

Now that I had my direction and descriptor, I had to decide in what ways I am going to push the brief and the series. I had already decided that all the postcards will share the same descriptor. As such, I had to figure out four unique ways to demonstrate various aspects of multidisciplinary. While digging further into the crossroads between interactivity and op art, I got reminded of moire animations. In particular, I really love the works of Rufus Butler Seder. He has been working with optical illusions and animation for quite sometime and has a few patented techniques such as Scanimation and Live Tiles.

While unique in execution, most of his works rely on a very basic principle of optical trickery — moiré.

The Moiré effect is a visual perception that occurs when viewing a set of lines or dots that is superimposed on another set of lines or dots, where the sets differ in relative size, angle, or spacing.

When done just right, the effect may be exploited to recreate animations with analog materials. Moiré animation is also sometimes referred to as 2D Slit animation.

Seeing as to how I have been increasingly experimenting with and working with animation, I decided to use it in conjunction with the moire effect. I will delve more into this particular method in a later post. With animation being the common denominator across all the postcards, I began thinking of ways to combine other disciplines to fulfill the multidisciplinary direction I had set for myself. I really loved the challenge this posed and how I would be forced to work with different digital mediums and bring them back together to create a seamless series. The moiré animation technique also allowed me to create a work that would be interactive. I like this idea that I came up with as the work then, become inherently multidisciplinary. The work is the concept. The act of making the postcard immediately embodies the message it carries.

Off the top of my head, some areas of further exploration that I can think of including coding and generative art, 3D modeling and animation, showcasing my love for typography and maybe even find ways to graphically express sound and music – which is something I really love as well.


Author: Kapi

Kapilan Naidu is a multimedia artist, designer, data-junkie, sometimes DJ and bedroom producer.

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