Hello! TKSST is a bit slow right now due to lots of folks stopping by. Thanks for your patience while we speed things up.
The Kid Should See This

Ballet Rotoscope

Watch more with these video collections:

A ballerina dances as the joints on her body are traced with a computer-generated rotoscope animation technique, an algorithm that brings a mathematical layer to her natural movements. Ballet Rotoscope (2011) was created by Masahiko Sato + EUPHRATES, the Japanese design group known for their work on Japan’s NHK educational TV show Pitagora Suitchi (Pythagora Switch). The experimental piece explores how live-action and animation can interrelate and perhaps reveal new beauty. From their notes:

Rotoscope is known as a traditional technique for creating animation invented in 1905 by Max Fleischer in which animators traced the actors outline over live-action film to make a realistic cartoon. Through research, we rediscovered and developed this technique from a new point of view by extracting various information, not just outline…

Ballet Rotoscope




Next: To the Scientists of the Future: Materials science with EUPHRATES, Pitagora Suitchi – 9 minutes of Japanese Rube Goldberg machines, and Daihei Shibata’s Unendurable line.

Plus: A dancer animated with 1,250 small paintings, and more ballet and dance videos.

🌈 Watch these videos next...

Why are algorithms called algorithms?

Rion Nakaya

What’s the fastest way to alphabetize your bookshelf?

Rion Nakaya

What Happens Just Before Show Time At the Met Opera

Rion Nakaya

Get smart curated videos delivered to your inbox.