design – information experience interactive exhibition graphic

Seismograph ribbon animation


Design & code
Helen Mair

Code & direction
Paul Lim


Animation is best viewed Google Chrome or Safari.

This animation uses shock data recorded from New Zealand earthquakes. The data was reinterpreted into 3D space; the ribbons respond to the intensity of each quake before returns to its original centre point. The animation loops through the data, colour and opacity.

Created with Paul Lim as part of the set and lighting design for 'Fault lines' a dance production performed by The Leshan Song & Dance Troupe. The production used a variation of the animation, which focused on one line and was timed to reflect the music at different points in the performance.

Built with Processing and Processing.js

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