The thesis project of Ecal Lausanne student Benjamin Muzzin adds a brilliant twist to traditional animation by simply turning it into a three-dimensional experience. Just like traditional animation which uses a simple technique to create a somewhat magical effect, his piece appropriately named “Full Turn” celebrates simplicity and its ability to generate unexpected results. Two flat screens are mounted back-to-back and then spun by an axial propeller. The outcome is a stunning hologram-like animation with a distinctive spatial dimension to it.
The images Benjamin has chosen to represent in this medium are also very fitting. From oscillating waves reminiscent of the way sound travels to bodies in motion exploring this new dimension he has created.
A bit more from the author:
“With this project I wanted to explore the notion of the third dimension, with the desire to try to get out of the usual frame of a flat screen. For this, my work mainly consisted in exploring and experimenting a different device for displaying images, trying to give animations volume in space. The resulting machine works with the rotation of two screens placed back to back, creating a three-dimensional animated sequence that can be seen at 360 degrees. Due to the persistence of vision, the shapes that appear on the screen turn into kinetic light sculptures.”