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Remember that old game in which each person would write a line without seeing the previous line, thus creating a cool and funny story? A joint Google and Tate Modern project brings this exact concept into animation. The new project is called This Exquisite Forest, and features seed animations from seven renowned artists from Tate’s collection. Seed animations are the grounds on which users like you and I can build further animations and create a beautiful story.

You don’t have to be an artist to enjoy This Exquisite Forest; for starters, you can simply browse the interesting animations already created by artists and users. Since the animations started by artists are curated, each contribution has to be chosen by the artist who started it. This means all animations are fun and exciting to watch, with only worthwhile contributions included.

If you want to join the fun, the project’s interface is very easy to use, and there’s a simple and concise tour to get you started. Note, however, that you have to be using Chrome. When you contribute an animation, it has to consist of eight frames, each containing one drawing which contributes to the theme of the animation you’re working on. After contributing to an existing animation, you can also start your own seed animation and see what people have to add to it.

The most exciting part of the project will come on July 23, when an interactive installation will open at the Tate Modern, featuring all the animations started by artists including all accepted contributions from users. Visitors to the gallery will be able to contribute to animations using digital drawing stations.

This is your chance to be a real Tate artist!

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Source: Official Google Blog

  1. Robert
    July 22, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Although Google is often controversial, It's hard to be mad at Google when they keep coming up with fun and amazing projects such as this one!

    • jamesbirtwistle
      July 23, 2012 at 12:52 am

      Their support of artists sort of makes up for it.

  2. MerVzter Balacuit
    July 22, 2012 at 7:22 am

    another cool project from google :)

  3. Carrie Espeseth
    July 22, 2012 at 3:08 am

    Amazing the things they think of!

    • jamesbirtwistle
      July 23, 2012 at 12:51 am


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