If you were ever one of those students who found themselves creating stick figure doodles in corners of text book pages to create tiny animated adventures that would play out once you rapidly flicked the pages along with your thumb, then it’s safe to say that you’re no stranger to the simple fun of a flip book. But can they be anything other than just novelty? While there aren’t many forms of art that are meant to be enjoyed with our hands, artist Robert Cohen has artistically recreated the splendor of a flip book in such a way that it could be displayed as though it were a sculpture, and contrary to other crafted pieces of art, this kind is best utilized when touched. Found below is a quick little video showing how creatively great Robert Cohen’s Vertical CINEMA captures the famous shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho”

Pretty awesome, isn’t it? The black and white picture along with the hypnotizing sound of the paper flapping as it plays out combines to almost feel like you’re watching an old reel on an antique film projector. Future plans for the project include custom designs using customer photography creating a fun, new way to enjoy photos of interesting outings like let’s say, for example, a parade with enormous balloons of famous cartoon characters

If this sort of thing intrigues you, you should check out the rest of his work found here. While you’re there you can also check out some other great flip book animated style stuff as well (including the Zoetrope seen below which as the video states, acts like a 19th century GIF viewer).

[artnofood via gizmodo]

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