Category Archives: Animation

German educational design studio Kurzgesagt turns to a sobering truth of astrophysics: the fact that 94% of the observable Universe is so far from us that we will never go there, even if we achieve light-speed travel. To wit:

…there is a cosmological horizon around us. Everything beyond it, is traveling faster, relative to us, than the speed of light. So everything that passes the horizon, is irretrievably out of reach forever and we will never be able to interact with it again. In a sense it’s like a black hole’s event horizon, but all around us. 94% of the galaxies we can see today have already passed it and are lost to us forever.

And if that twists your melon, consider this: by the time you’ve watched the video, 22 million more stars will have drifted off beyond our reach.

A 2018 graduation film by Nicolas Roth, Pirmin Bieri, Luca Struchen and Aira Joana of Lucerne School of Art and Design, Switzerland. To wit:

Troubled by the changes he’s going through, a restless backpacker seeks his place in the world. As he experiences a mysterious encounter in a concrete building, he hopes to have finally found such a place.

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An enlightening graduation short by Géraldine Charpentier-Basille tells the deeply personal story of transgender Lou and the difficulties they faced with clothes, periods and labels when growing up.

Inspired by both the work of American philosopher and gender theorist Judith Butler and Charpentier’s “non-queer friends”, the director describes her film as “a representation of a queer person made by a queer person”.

And you think you have problems.

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A pleasingly Zen short by motion designer Alex Barnet. Food for thought. To wit:

The Headless Way is a collection of philosophies and meditations by the late great Douglas Harding on the subject of the true nature of the self. I collaborated with his protégé Richard Lang to create this short video which gives a small taste of Harding’s understanding of the nature of the self through the lens of distance and observation.

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Behold: a spectacular animated representation of what happens when a star gets too close to a black hole. Cosmic dismemberment. To wit:

The black hole can rip it apart — but how? It’s not the high gravitational attraction itself that’s the problem — it’s the difference in gravitational pull across the star that creates the destruction. In the featured animated video illustrating this disintegration, you first see a star approaching the black hole. Increasing in orbital speed, the star’s outer atmosphere is ripped away during closest approach. Much of the star’s atmosphere disperses into deep space, but some continues to orbit the black hole and forms an accretion disk. The animation then takes you into the accretion disk while looking toward the black hole. Including the strange visual effects of gravitational lensing, you can even see the far side of the disk. Finally, you look along one of the jets being expelled along the spin axis. Theoretical models indicate that these jets not only expel energetic gas, but create energetic neutrinos — one of which may have been seen recently on Earth.

(Video: DESY, Science Communication Lab)

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In recent years, some have suggested that nuclear energy is the key to reducing climate change. And others have said that’s just pish.

But who is right? And just how much do those other ejects suck?

German educational design studio Kurzgesagt has the answer, but – unlike their trademark plain-science animations  – it’s not straightforward.