Nervous System, “Growing Objects” Zoetropes (2014)



These gorgeous zoetropes were made by Nervous System for a 2014 exhibit called “Growing Objects” at the┬áSimons Center for Geometry and Physics in Stonybrook, NY.

The show considers four natural growth patterns/ processes, and Nervous System made these zoetropes to represent (though not simulate) these patterns in action. A much more comprehensive description/explanation can be found here. These really are stunning. The references to patterns that recur in nature remind me of John Edmark’s pieces that made the rounds earlier this year.

Photos from Nervous System’s website.

Nervous System, “Growing Objects” Zoetropes (2014)

Kelly Egan, Ponytrope (2014)


My brother forwarded me this Make story about Kelly Egan’s Muybridge-inspired zoetrope that animates a series of 12 horses with an LED strobe. Egan used Muybridge’s own photographs as references for modeling the horses (which he did on Blender). He generously documented his process on his website and also shared all the models on Thingiverse. I’m always so delighted by instances when old and new media collide like this, and it’s even neaterr that Egan so explicitly engages with Muybridge in both his subject matter and documentation.

Kelly Egan, Ponytrope (2014)