Tuesday 9 May 2017

Relativity by M. C. Escher

People have done some interesting animations of Escher's work.

Published on Aug 21, 2012 by Mitacs MathOutLoud
YouTube: Animation of MC Escher's Relativity
Explore a 3D world where where spatial relationships are all askew through this animation of MC Escher's Relativity. The physics of this world has three sources of gravity, and each source affects only the automatons walking in a particular plane. This animation appears in the Mitacs stage production Math Out Loud.

Wikipedia: Relativity (M. C. Escher)
Relativity is a lithograph print by the Dutch artist M. C. Escher, first printed in December 1953.

It depicts a world in which the normal laws of gravity do not apply. The architectural structure seems to be the centre of an idyllic community, with most of its inhabitants casually going about their ordinary business, such as dining. There are windows and doorways leading to park-like outdoor settings. All of the figures are dressed in identical attire and have featureless bulb-shaped heads. Identical characters such as these can be found in many other Escher works.

Published on Feb 15, 2013 by Visual Impact Systems
YouTube: Labyrinth Movie - M.C. Escher 'Style' Room
Since Escher's passing, there have been many examples of using his unique 'view' of the world. One is the use of the "Relativity" (stairs on different planes) in the "Labyrinth" movie in 1986.

Wikipedia: Labyrinth (film)
Labyrinth is a 1986 British-American adventure musical fantasy film directed by Jim Henson, executive-produced by George Lucas, and based upon conceptual designs by Brian Froud. The film revolves around 15-year-old Sarah's (Jennifer Connelly) quest to reach the center of an enormous otherworldly maze to rescue her infant brother Toby, who Sarah wished away to Jareth, the Goblin King (David Bowie). With the exception of Connelly and Bowie, most of the film's significant characters are played by puppets produced by Jim Henson's Creature Shop.


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