The Fine Art of Gross and Amazing Liquid-Based Video Experiments

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Kim Pimmel, a software developer and filmmaker, shares psychedelic outtakes from Compressed, his series of short, abstract experimental videos. Using custom-designed photo equipment, he shoots HD macro footage of unexpected substances, like magnetic fluid, soap, and oil, interacting -- he calls the results "analog special effects." Check out his interview with the Atlantic Video channel here, and more of the Compressed videos below. The lively soundtrack is from the Japanese video game Katamari Damacy.

Compressed 02, below, combines soapy water and ferrofluid. Pimmel created the ominous soundtrack for the piece.

Compressed 03, below, involved extensive experimentation, he explains:

I was drawn to the dynamic interactions between liquids. I spent about a month playing mad scientist to see what gave the most interesting results. I raided the kitchen for common stuff like milk, oil, and molasses. I stopped at the drug store and buy random things such as witch hazel, nail polish, and bubble blowing mix. I ordered exotic stuff like ferrofluid online. Some liquids repelled each other, some caused coagulation, and some created intricate patterns. I settled on ferrofluid as my primary liquid, since it yielded some nice interactions with other liquids and could be manipulated using magnetism. All of the black or brown seen in the film is ferrofluid -- needless to say it was a very messy few months!

 

 

To see more work by Kim Pimmel, visit http://cargocollective.com/kimpimmel.

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.
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