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Digital Designs

Spatial Folds

Film Abstraction

This Spatial Folds film is quite amazing in how it composes the unpredictable folding behaviors of two different materials (aluminum foil and tracing paper).

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Title:

Spatial Folds

Media:

Foil and Trace Paper/ Film/ Sony Vegas Pro

Book: Coming Soon
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This Spatial Folds film is quite amazing in how it composes the unpredictable folding behaviors of two different materials (aluminum foil and tracing paper). The first part of the film uncovers the beautiful and sometimes abstract look into folding behaviors ― where the foil is in the process of expanding, and the trace paper is in the process of contracting. In both cases, an unfolding and folding is taking place. In the second part of this film, a filter is applied for one to view the folding behaviors in a more abstract fashion. And it is here where one can really grasp the wonders of material geometries in motion. Similar to a "heat map" for folds ― the foil and trace paper unlock beautiful patterns of movement in the film, depicted through geometric forms and color variations. By using a spectrum of colors to translate the folding behaviors into a more abstract representation, the folds in many ways become easier to read. How can you use spectrums or codes to unlock what your design says at a higher level? This is more than just about finding folding patterns, this is about finding folding relationships (for examaple, behaviors between the foil and paper). Relationships or connections between elements within a design, or between different design works are important to realize ― particularly as designs become increasingly interactive.

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