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‘Scintillation’ by X. Chassaing, c.2009, digital mixed media

This short video is one of the most incredible pieces of digital art I have ever seen. It is on par with the creative genius displayed by Pixar and Banksy and DJ Dangermouse the like. I would guarantee that somewhere there will be an art gallery playing this video 150 years from now as an example of “early digital art.”

Here’s the thing – it was made of still photos. The lighting effects (as far as I have been able to gather) were created with a projector displaying onto the images he was photographing. In other words, this was made with the sort of basic materials you have available in many school classrooms today. Computer, cameras, projectors, movie making software.

I’m going to go out on a limb and assume this was not a school assignment. This is an artist who had access to some basic tools, and was able to use them in a powerfully creative way. No constraints.

Technology’s power should not be measured with bits or bytes. It should be measured in self expression and  empowerment.

In the stimulus bill that was just passed by Congress and signed into law by the President, we are going to see a level of funding in Education that we have never previously experienced. I hope with every fiber of my being that it is not spent on standardizing tests, or swamping our classrooms with electronic gadgets. I hope that some portion of the money goes to educating Teachers about the digital resources they have available, and shifting their thinking to believe that they should be opened up to students for use in new and exciting ways.

I hope the money empowers students to make their own digital masterpieces.

SCINTILLATION from Xavier Chassaing on Vimeo.

This is an experimental film made up of over 35,000 photographs. It combines an innovative mix of stop motion and live projection mapping techniques.

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