The concept of a non-linear film is hard to grasp. Time is linear (or so it seems), and we watch a film in time, so therefore a film has to be linear, right? Not necessarily. “Non-linear” refers to the lack of a plot, or in the case of the example of digital art I want to show you today, a randomly generated lack of a plot. Got it?
10 digital artworks are interweaved to create a different story every time you watch it. You spin the virtual top, and that affects which story you get. The project was originally designed by The Creator’s Project (an Intel/Vice joint venture) in collaboration with digital art studio Field for the iPad, but is also now available on Android.
Watch the trailer here:
Or better still, download it from the App Store or Google Play, and watch it on your (preferably) high-resolution device.
If you’re like me, most of the time you have no idea what you’re looking at. But that doesn’t stop it from being totally fascinating. The mesmerizing shapes are the protagonists in dream-like hallucinations. To quote their own definition on the website:
Energy Flow is a non-linear film experience that explores the physical, social and spiritual tensions in our world.
Translating real-life events and processes into digital paintings in motion, Energy Flow weaves multiple story lines into an immersive, audio-visual experience that is unique every time it is played.
Or, to quote my 12-year-old daughter when I showed it to her:
It’s hypnotizing, endlessly fascinating, and very impressive. The graphics left me open-mouthed. I’ve watched it now about 12 times, and I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface.