“Poemotion” by Takahiro Kurashima

Posted August 15th, 2012 under Books, Design, Interactive Art, Japan, Videos


The way to see a new world.

Stillness exists in motion.
Motion lives in stillness.
Stillness is not the only thing one sees,
nor is motion the only thing.
In between stillness and motion, a new vision rises.
Like in between thoughts and action, one finds a new vision.
From a new vision, comes a new force that generates a new world.
Poemotion is the way to see a new world.

text: Shunsuke Iwai & Woog


music: Eisuke Mochizuki
movie: Seiji Himura

Poemotion is an interactive book-object. The abstract graphical patterns in this small volume are set in motion as soon as you move the attached special foil across them: moiré effects allow complex forms to develop, set circles in motion and make graphical patterns vibrate. Inspired by Seesaw, an earlier book from the publisher, in a playful and at the same time minimalist way the Japanese designer Takahiro Kurashima establishes a link to the motif of a “School of Seeing” that has long occupied a special place in the program of Lars Müller Publishers. With this book the viewer can discover how, as if by magic, figures and forms are created out of optical overlays, set in motion and then disappear again. In the era of digitalization this book shows that interactivity is also possible in the format of the analogous, bound book.

Design: Takahiro Kurashima, Junji Hata

Creators Project: “Unlike the scanimations associated with children’s books, Takahiro Kurashima’s Poemotion is a booklet composed of complex geometric forms. It uses the basic concept of persistence of vision by dividing up each frame of a movement into cells. With the help of a transparent piece of paper with black areas, gliding it back and forth across the page will reveal each group of cells to create a moving optical illusion. The result is like GIF art transposed from the digital world onto paper.”

More at www.lars-mueller-publishers.com

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