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High Five: Telling Tales through Kinetic Art Installations



Group creative director at Anomaly Berlin, Sebastian Lyman, delves into five projects with some the most compelling storytelling he's seen

High Five: Telling Tales through Kinetic Art Installations

Today I wanted to share some kinetic art installations that have been particularly inspiring to me over the years. There’s something magical about the raw tactility and their hypnotic, physical storytelling...

David Cerny - 'Franz Kafka'

This iconic sculpture of Franz Kafka’s head in Prague features 42 independently moving layers. I love how it’s like a little marvel of engineering, but its movement is so seamless and mesmerising that the tech truly just kind of exists invisibly. The fact that it has also contributed economically to the city because of the visitors it attracts is a great reminder of the power of public art. 

Julius von Bismarck - 'Die Mimik der Tethys'

When the legendary Berghain club in Berlin closed during the pandemic, the space was reopened as an art exhibition called 'Morgen ist die Frague', curated by Karen and Christian Boros. This piece was insane. It’s a real buoy suspended inside the monolithic space, constantly floating up and down, with movements ranging from storeys high. But the crazy part is that it is connected to a real identical buoy in the ocean via a satellite and motion sensors. As the real one moved through waves and currents, this thing matched it identically within the space. Again, such a beautiful merging of practicality and technology. Check out the full video here.

Caline Aoun - 'Seeing Is Believing'

Caline Aoun is an incredible Lebanese artist who explores themes related to tech’s role in modern society. I saw 'Seeing Is Believing' in Berlin and thought the idea was so beautifully simple: turning the constant, overwhelming flow of digital noise in our lives into a source of beauty and calmness. Almost like expressing 'negative space' physically. I love the ironic way she approaches the topics of abundance and ephemerality.

NTT DOCOMO - 'Wood Is Good'

This beautiful musical installation was created by Mitsuo Tsuda and sound designer Kenjiro Matsuo for Japanese mobile company NTT DOCOMO. This ad came out during my first year in the industry and was so influential in terms of its elegance, subtlety and playfulness. I couldn’t believe that it was all practical and in camera. 

RIMOWA - 'Ingenieurskunst'

This year I was also lucky to be a part of a campaign for our longtime client RIMOWA that translated the engineering process of a classic cabin suitcase into kinetic art installations. All the pieces, created from dozens of sheets of aluminium and thousands of rivets, were created in camera with no CGI. The magicians at acte tm, along with our director Maik Schuster, developed the installations you see within the film.

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High Five, Wed, 05 Oct 2022 11:30:05 GMT