Raino Ranta    [ art on the net ]

 

I got interest in web animation tehniques two years ago, LoOpS! is my latest study with the possibilities of this tehnique as an electronic, world wide art media.

Eatch art work constructs of 10 to 21 differently generated gif animations which are rationally organiced in 11X11 matrix. Color palet is not wide and forms are strictly geometric.

Below you can see an example of HTML-table matrix where 21 gif files are first placed in encreasing order and then decresing order ...and back again ...and back....

 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 20
19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9
8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 29 20 21 20 19 18 17 16
15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5
4 3 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12
11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

This may sound very dull and idiotic method to create any estethically relevant result. Nevertheless, I have used time as a fundamental element to create something that could not be done with any traditional art media I have used before.

These works are based on never ending motion, looping. The motion never ends because it is repeated from the starting point time after time. What makes these works interesting and unexpectable for me is the way I have varied with the timelines of eatch looped animations.

A table below shows an exaple of ten differently looped animations first and last frames deley times.

gif anim.

First frame
deley time / sec

Last frame
deley time / sec
1 5 0
2 4.95 0.5
3 4.90 0.55
4 4.85 0.6
5 4.80 0.65
6 4.75 0.7
7 4.7 0.75
8 4.65 0.8
9 4.6 0.85
10 4.55 0.9

These small differents between deley times in eatch animation (and between animations with different order number) causes slightly differing looping times. When a matrix like this starts to play it cauces many visual effects. A single animation in the matrix loops simple again and again but together they make much more than simple looping effect.

When creating my works showing here I varied not only first and last frames deley times but with other frames also. As an other variable I used also the order of numbered gif files in the table matrix. Different results can be create for examble by ordering even and odd numbered files in something else order than showed before. Mixing the files from different works made very nice result also.

I am exiting with this way of image cration. I hope you enjoy also my "painting with numbers".