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Link, an imaginative stop-motion chain reaction

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Washi tape rolls. Safety pins unpin. Protractors spin. Pencils sharpen. Plugs hop from outlet to outlet. Link is a stop-motion animation that imagines these moments as fantastical parts of a longer screen-link-style chain reaction.

The short was created by Tokyo-based studio Swimming Design, led by designer Tomohiro Okazaki, with assistance from Yo Nishimoto and sound design by Tokuro Oka and Kosuke Anamizu.

pins tumble
scissors cut
washi tape falls
Okazaki’s Matches stop-motion series was previously featured on TKSST. Swimming has also done work for Japan’s Design Ah! educational program.

Then watch more short films out of Japan:
• Unendurable line – Design Ah!
• Ballet Rotoscope
GRADATIONs, Daihei Shibata’s study of transitions
Design Ah! (デザインあ) introduces kids to design concepts
The Diary of Ochibi – Moyoco Anno’s stop motion ode to the seasons

Plus, watch two epic real-life Rube Goldberg machines:
• The Lemonade Machine
A Japanese ‘Pythagoras Switch’ Machine for charity

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