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 was 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.

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

Built with Processing and Processing.js

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