theappealoftheunreal.com research blog

For my research, I’ve set up a separate blog. Sometimes blogposts will appear both at www.theappealoftheunreal.com and at www.deephistoriesfragilememories.com.

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The research blog is made for several reasons: the posts collect all that has to do with the research, it functions as a reminder, and as a way to communicate progress and findings. Please keep in mind this blog is a work in progress.


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  • Preface What are GIF animations and stickers? What is GIPHY? What is an Instagram Story? Why are GIFs used? An overview. GIF animations & Stickers GIF is the abbreviation for Graphic Interface Format, using the extension .gif. An animated GIF is, simply put, a digital file that loads images into a stack, and is able […]
  • March, 9, 2020. First visit to the American Museum of Natural History. We’re about 6 weeks into the Covid-19 corona virus frenzy, which became global right before I traveled to the U.S. as part of my residency at Residency Unlimited in Brooklyn, New York. Prior to my trip, I had a normal case of a […]
  • The Solastalgia project now has its own subsite: www.solastalgia.theappealoftheunreal.com.
  • A shift in research focus from visual illusions to something more relevant. Meet Solastalgia. More on this soon.
  • A skeuomorph object wants you to believe it's made of another material: it's an imitation-look. This post will expand.
  • The Three Motions of Loom: shuttles. An experimental non linear text on weaving as animation and time-traveling as a research method.
  • An experiment in animating a double sided tapestry.
  • Château de Breteuil near Paris, houses a collection of automata and period room dioramas, depicting historical events that may or may not have taken place in the castle. Visited Oct. 2019.
  • Work in progress: an overview of visual illusions and illusionist effects: suggestions of depth and/or movement.
  • Daguerre and Bouton's only remaining diorama at the church of Bry-sur-Marne: a piece of religious high-tech theatre. Visited October 2019.
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Alexandra Crouwers (NL, °1974) is a visual artist working in the digital realm. Her works are made by using a combination of 3D modeling and animation, and post-production, and can take many forms. From 2019 on, she's a doctoral researcher in art and animation at Leuven University/LUCA School of arts, Brussels, under supervision of Wendy Morris.
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