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September 18, 2012

The illusion of life

Some prehistoric cave paintings - including twenty at Lascaux - were animated by torchlight (video at the link).

The cave drawings were found by archaeologist Marc Azema and French artist Florent Rivere, who suggest that Paleolithic artists who lived as long as 30,000 years ago used animation effects on cave walls, which explains the multiple heads and limbs on animals in the drawings. The images look superimposed until flickering torch-light is passed over them, giving them movement and creating a brief animation.

Mind. Blown.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 18, 2012 08:47 AM