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The Morning GIF: Kinect the docs

If funded, this project will let you choose your own path through a digital art documentary filmed in a Kinect-generated 3-D format.


Lorraine Murphy


Here at the Daily Dot, we swap GIF images with each other every morning. Now we’re looping you in. In the Morning GIF, we feature a popular—or just plain cool—GIF we found on Reddit, Canvas, or elsewhere on the Internet.

A video game system is an unexpected crucible in which to create groundbreaking filmmaking techniques, but then, Xbox Kinect is a long way from Atari’s Pong. Now it’s forming not only the subject of, but the substance of, a radical new documentary about digital art.

Kinect’s interactivity and visual finesse allow artists to do new and radically different things in the space where the offline meets the online, and it has inspired a growing group of envelope-pushing digital artists.

Clouds is a Kickstarter project based on interviews with 30 different digital artists, all using Kinect to create visual effects and filming in a new Kinect-generated 3-D format called RGBD. Once complete, viewers will enter the documentary and choose their individual paths between recorded conversations, making each experience unique, more like playing a game than passively watching a film.

This GIF is a minute moment of visual and cognitive delight, just one example of the dozens of different types of creativity on display in the proposed documentary. Posted to the Prosthetic Knowledge Tumblr, it’s collected 247 notes so far, and the Kickstarter has gathered $6,130 of the $25,000 necessary to finish the project.


Photo via Prosthetic Knowledge/Tumblr

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