Shutterthyme's Blog

May 1, 2014

Flip Boxes

Filed under: Interdisciplinary Critique — Mia @ 5:36 am



When I was young, I used wooden clothespins for attaching playing cards to bicycle spokes. The fluttering sound morphed my blue bicycle into a motorized racer. For me, falling cards inside an art project flip box trigger that distant memory.

For my final Interdisciplinary Critique art installation, I explored flip boxes for conveying the concept of “Evolve.” A motorized flip box comes as a kit from FlipBooKit. Removing a rubber belt offers a hand-cranked option. Twenty-four cards in each box animate steps of: 1) sketching an eye (left box), 2) a winking GIF file (center box), and 3) glances from a video clip (right box). Photoshop animation features were time-savers for exporting frames from the HD video clip.

Building clear acrylic housings with clock gear moving parts is the next step in customizing flip boxes. Then, a programmed Arduino micro controller, using Hall Effect sensors and neodymium magnets, can stop and start the motor on a specified frame. The concept is for narrative characters, as motors start and stop, to move from one box to another. A series of twelve flip cubes is a design plan that I’m considering for fall semester’s senior thesis gallery installation. Juan Fontanive’s Vivarium inspires me to consider nature imagery for my narrative.


  1. Congratulations!! Very technical, unique and a great project!

    Comment by Janice — September 16, 2014 @ 7:45 pm

  2. Intriguing! Love your selection of eye expression, display and I appreciate the technical skills required.

    Comment by Janice — September 28, 2014 @ 5:32 am

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