Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Spooner's First Puppet to Swim the Channel

From the wonderful mind of Paul Spooner, we have an automaton in which a figure is controlling a swimming marionette. There is something delightfully reflexive in an automaton figure manipulating a puppet figure. You -- as the user of the automaton -- are animating them both...which leads to even deeper questions.

Keep your eyes open at the end of the video to see the ingenious profile-cam used to make the swimmer's arms move.

See more of Paul Spooner's Automata at The Cabaret Mechanical Theatre web site.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This to me is a witty integration of their Barecats and How to swim pieces. Once again, Paul and Matt have demonstrated the beauty of simple designs and machines.


September 17, 2008 at 3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a sequence at the beginning of "Being John Malkovich" which has a similar idea.

September 18, 2008 at 3:06 AM  

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