STOPMOTION 2.0. Controlado en directo por sensores from Rubén Fernández on Vimeo.

Madrid-based artist Rubén Fernández sends along his most recent project, which layers stop motion video with novel live control. The material itself is composed of stop motion footage produced with everyday materials, most notably beer and soda cans. The stop motion footage was reprocessed into more stylized animation, and then is controlled via MIDI using both conventional faders and flex-sensor gloves, using the Mac VJ app Modul8.

I love the sense of a layered process here; I hope we get to see more of this work – it looks to me like a great step toward a larger performance.


Vídeo-Arte. Audiovisual Stopmotion controlado en directo por MIDI y guante con SENSORES DE FLEXIÓN bajo software de VJ MODUL8.

Creado a partir de materiales cotidianos como latas de cerveza, refrescos y otros.

Lots of additional information, documentation, and more on his work:

  • Not to be a negative nancy, but this is kind of old news…like 1996 old news. Eboman has been doing this kind of stuff on a much higher level, and for a good minute:

  • Peter Kirn

    @Gogginvideo: I'm not even sure which aspect you mean. Certainly sampling live footage and digitizing it and using flex glove sensors are not new things… (recall Power Glove experiments with Eric Singer and Richard Boulanger from, I believe, early 90s…) I didn't mean to imply that this was news.

    I thought the use of beer cans as physical stand-ins was clever, and this appears to be the beginning of something interesting. I like covering things when they're at early phases of gestation.

    By the way, not to be a negative nancy, but Create Digital Motion is light years — light years — behind Create Digital Music because we get so little positive feedback from readers. On Music, starting from the first weeks the site was up, my inbox was flooded with news tips. And very often it *wasn't* what people were doing themselves, but other projects they'd seen. On Motion, we get sporadic contributions that largely involve people's own work with little commentary.

    That's not to blame readers, because that suggests that in general people aren't discovering work — and my hope is that we begin to correct that. But there's clearly an awareness / sharing / communication breakdown somewhere.

  • Peter Kirn

    PS, I'm not just complaining about that… watch for some actions in the coming weeks to get Motion on a better path and make it more visible.

  • Point taken. I dig everything you guys do here on CDM. Keep up the good work!

  • Peter Kirn

    Oh, absolutely — I hope we can get a broader range of content to put things in a clearer context!