tom moody May 7, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Thanks for the post. The color version of this (as I recall from its momentary appearance on dump.fm, when deaniebabie posted it) had vaguely greenish colors and the “tween” frames were somewhat wispy. Converting it to this black and white dot rendering gave the whole more solidity and conviction. One reason it’s so engaging is the way the ellipses twist in mid-morph. You would think the circular shape of the ring would follow the curve of the shrimp, but in just a few frames it becomes a kind of Moebius strip. In a way it convinces you that almost any two shapes can be morphed. The algorithm has powers of cleverness that seem greater than ours.

Paddy Johnson May 7, 2014 at 12:55 pm

I was thinking about that myself when I wrote this up. The two shapes do have a relationship to each other, since both are curved, but you do end up wondering whether anything could be morphed. It’s a funny illusion because really, very few things morph as well as this.

tom moody May 7, 2014 at 2:01 pm

I did a reply post on this and added something not discussed yet:

Both of us skirted an issue someone on dump.fm raised, the most basic
content-level kind of question: what’s the symbolic connection of the
shrimp and the ring (suggestive of a diamond wedding ring)? You could
ask the maker of the original morph (it may or may not be deaniebabie —
aka Dean Schneider — I’m not
finding that GIF on his site). You could say it’s Dada/absurdist or
computer/random connection with no inherent meaning. Or you could draw
your own connection, such as “marriage and seafood both stink after the
first three days.”

“Have fun,” I suggested.

Paddy Johnson May 7, 2014 at 2:03 pm

I think it’s either absurdist or a random connection.

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