September 11, 2011

The tape tape.

Tape Generations from johan rijpma on Vimeo.


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18 comments:

Lem said...

The tale of the tape.

Levi Starks said...

reminded me of bacteria in a petri dish

deborah said...

Someone has way too much time on his or her hands.

AST said...

And most of the tape is still usable!

If a kid had done this, it would be called mischief. Maybe we should appreciate a child's sense of wonder. I remember wondering what my sons found so fascinating about repeatedly dropping things from their high chair for me to pick up, only to do it again.

Carol_Herman said...

Why didn't he just use Lifesavers?

Besides. It's frustrating to work with tape, if you don't have a tape dispenser. And, as soon as the first pull got made ... It would have jumped up and attacked itself.

Tape NEVER rolls off so neatly. It's not a one handed operation. And, if you're doing Christmas gifts, it helps to have someone else holding down the edges of the paper.

Is this something you got before you could photoshop stuff?

Palladian said...

"Someone has way too much time on his or her hands."

That's one of my least favorite reactions to art.

bagoh20 said...

Wow! I never imagined that something unique and painstaking could still be so uninteresting. Maybe that was the point. I guess that is itself kinda interesting... Na, not really.

BJM said...

So many interesting videos on Vimeo...have you seen this one? (Terrific use of Zimmer's score too)

John Lawton said...

I don't know, I kinda liked it! C'mon guys, it's the internet! (OTOH, I've been drinking!)

deborah said...

Oh, Pall, lol. *wink*

SCOTTtheBADGER said...

Is Tapetape Wormwood's other uncle?

Don't Tread 2012 said...

What deborah said...is exactly what I was thinking.

Ridiculous.

Sixty Grit said...

Busby Berkeley meets Stanley Kubrick.

WV: skshes - what Carol_Herman was wrapping up to give away as "Christmas" presents.

t-man said...

I thought it was great. I'm going to show it to my kids tonight as an example of creativity and creating something beautiful and interesting with everyday objects.

Ann Althouse said...

I'm surprised no one here is interested in in from the scientific angle. The stickiness is just enough to work temporarily when pulled by the weight of the tape roll. The tape isn't designed to support itself so it slowly descends. All the tape rolls have the same built in potential for speed when inverted like that.

Metaphor potential too!

t-man said...

That (the science stuff) was all implied in my comment.

Metaphor. What binds us to this Earth is not strong enough to support us for very long - so lose weight!

t-man said...

About having too much time on your hands -

My wife says the same thing when I set up and photograph poignant playmobil vignettes.

Christy said...

Palladian, the artist, sees the video as art. Christy, the engineer, sees it as a model of political behavior in humans.

Reminded me a bit of the game taught me by two psychology phd candidates back in the 70s which I thought was called "Generations." Play on graph paper, start with an interesting pattern of dots and then add to and take away based upon a set of rules related to family growth, crowding and isolation. Ring a bell?