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September 28th, 2012

Friday fun video: Performance art with dormitory windows

Published on September 28th, 2012 | By: Eileen De Guire

This is creative stop-action video was made by coordinating the opening and closing of dorm room shutters on a campus in Switzerland. It is fun to watch how much movement and action was created by a simple 11 by 10 array of shutters. (The building itself is a nondescript an 11-story concrete box.)

The video is the work of artist Guillaume Raymond and was part of a tenth anniversary celebration of the Haute Ecole de Santé Vaud in Lausanne, Switzerland (a health school).

It got me thinking about crystal structures (I’m a nerd, I know) and how some of the most useful and interesting properties of crystalline or polycrystalline materials have to do with motion of “something”—like an atom, electron, ion, hole, phonon, etc.—through a “rigid” crystal structure.

See whether you agree, or does the video call up some other reaction for you?

Happy weekend!

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