flight of a small brown moth

The image in the video is possibly a small northern Cloudy spot butterfly. When first asked for the identification, I was informed moths land with the wings flat and butterflies upright. The creature has now been identified (possibly) as a Cloudy spot better known as skippers and is in the butterfly family.

Working with the Edgertronic camera from the RISD Edna Lawrence Nature Lab. The recording was made at Blythwold Gardens in Bristol, RI. This clip has been processed three ways. The original recording is shot at 1/6000 of a second at a frame rate of 1000 samples per second. The first flight off the flower approximates real time, the second employs echo and reflects the slow motion of 1000 samples per second played back at 30. The last section (bluish) is keyed then time blended to accentuate the pattern the silhouette creates when the moth is in flight.


It snowed a lot in the northeast of the United States during the winter of 2015. One Saturday, stuck in the house, I sat with my high-speed camera and one finger on the shutter. Recording for nine seconds at a time I became amazed at how these little birds could hover and just how nasty they can be to each other. The snow made a nice white field for the birds. The camera is the Edgertronic this recording set at 600 FPS.

DENNIS HLYNSKY is a US-based artist and designer. With an insatiable desire to consider technology and its place in the arts, he came early to video and has more than 30 years of experience in the medium. He was among the first students in the RISD video program and is now a devoted teacher. Since 1983 he has committed himself to the study of digital processes. The Black Maria Film Festival cited Hlynsky’s most recent work. He is a co-founder of Electron Movers, a regional media center and performance space, and a principal in the Video Analysis Project for ten years, using video as an intervention for people with life-threatening problems.


A new film by Steven Subotnick (Critic, Film/Animation/Video), Pig, has screened in competition at the SXSW (South by Southwest) Festival in Austin, TX and the Holland Animation Film Festival in Utrecht, Netherlands this past March, and at the Mediawave International Film and Music Festival in Hungary, in May.

Steve Subotnick is an independent, experimental animator. His work uses varied imagery from cartoon to pure textural abstraction, unusual editing techniques, and carefully structured sound design to make human vulnerability, conflict, and history concrete and to convey a deeply personal aesthetic experience to viewers. Steve has worked as animator, director, illustrator, and author and has taught animation at numerous institutions. Currently, he is teaching animation at Rhode Island School of Design, Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Brown University.


Student project

Andres Prince-Gonzalez is young artist making work about the things he likes. Some of his interests include pockets, deformed/lanky creatures, as well as flesh and sinews. He gives thanks to a grandmother who taught him a lot of cool sewing skills, a dad with a passion for collecting weirdly shaped plants that were often an inspiration for Andres’s work, and a mom who was incredibly loving and supportive (not to discredit everyone else in his family, but they probably influenced him the most).

Andres is a freshman at the Rhode Island School of Design majoring in Animation.

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