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Slow Dance

A frame that slows down time

Slow Dance is a picture frame that makes real objects appear to move in slow motion. By taking advantage of the limits of human visual perception, this optical illusion sculpture appears to be doing the impossible — right before your eyes.

Designed by Jeff Lieberman.

€399.00

Ebonized Ash

Craft Pine

Light Pine

1 frame. 4 unique illusions.

The Slow Dance has different modes, that all display a different illusion.Switch easily between the modes and find your favorite!

Slow Dance

In this mode the object appears to move in slow motion.

Super Slow Dance

The objects appears to move in ultra slow motion.

Double Trouble

Looks like the object starts as one, and splits into two parts before reforming.

Pop and Lock

The object looks like it jumps through space, like a 1930s slow motion movie!

Using science to create magic

By using high speed strobe lights blinking 80 times a second, your eyes cannot even see that they are blinking - the light looks continuous.

By synchronizing the strobes to the high-speed vibration of objects (created with the magnets and central electromagnet), we create the visual illusion of those objects moving in slow motion. This is a phenomenon called persistence of vision, and works similarly to the way a TV works - by flickering frozen images quickly enough that we perceive them as continuous motion. By varying the timing of the strobelights, the different animations are created - but the actual motion is always the same.

Original Art by Jeff Lieberman

When my closest friend from college Eric was marrying my new friend Emily, I considered it the time to give them a once-in-a-lifetime gift. They were both dancers, and so I immediately thought about creating something where two ‘opposites’ danced with one another.

I had been playing for years with techniques that allowed me to use high-speed stroboscopy to make things look like they were moving in slow motion. But after weeks of hand-designing dozens of objects that might vibrate in interesting ways, I was stuck — none of them had the wondrous impact I was searching for. Somehow they didn’t surprise me enough as a viewer to create impact. I went for a frustrated walk around the block of my office thinking “What is missing? Why can’t I design something that looks incredible to see moving in slow motion?” Lost in thought, a branch hit me in the face. I looked at the branch.

It was a Eureka moment. That pine branch was more beautiful than anything I as a person could design, and had evolved over millions of years to vibrate in the wind. I looked all around the environment — branches, flowers, feathers and more — with a sense of awe suddenly realizing that nature had designed millions of artifacts more beautiful than I ever would. And using what I knew, I could make them look like they were dancing impossibly, in slow motion.

1 frame. 4 unique illusions.

The Slow Dance has different modes, that all display a different illusion.
Switch easily between the modes and find your favorite!

Slow Dance

In this mode the object appears to move in slow motion.

Super Slow Dance

The objects appears to move in ultra slow motion.

Double Trouble

Looks like the object starts as one, and splits into two parts before reforming.

Pop and Lock

The object looks like it jumps through space, like a 1930s slow motion movie!

Using science to create magic

By using high speed strobe lights blinking 80 times a second, your eyes cannot even see that they are blinking - the light looks continuous.

By synchronizing the strobes to the high-speed vibration of objects (created with the magnets and central electromagnet), we create the visual illusion of those objects moving in slow motion. This is a phenomenon called persistence of vision, and works similarly to the way a TV works - by flickering frozen images quickly enough that we perceive them as continuous motion.By varying the timing of the strobelights, the different animations are created - but the actual motion is always the same.

Original art by Jeff Lieberman

When my closest friend from college Eric was marrying my new friend Emily, I considered it the time to give them a once-in-a-lifetime gift. They were both dancers, and so I immediately thought about creating something where two ‘opposites’ danced with one another.

I had been playing for years with techniques that allowed me to use high-speed stroboscopy to make things look like they were moving in slow motion. But after weeks of hand-designing dozens of objects that might vibrate in interesting ways, I was stuck — none of them had the wondrous impact I was searching for.

Somehow they didn’t surprise me enough as a viewer to create impact. I went for a frustrated walk around the block of my office thinking “What is missing? Why can’t I design something that looks incredible to see moving in slow motion?” Lost in thought, a branch hit me in the face. I looked at the branch.

It was a Eureka moment. That pine branch was more beautiful than anything I as a person could design, and had evolved over millions of years to vibrate in the wind. I looked all around the environment — branches, flowers, feathers and more — with a sense of awe suddenly realizing that nature had designed millions of artifacts more beautiful than I ever would. And using what I knew, I could make them look like they were dancing impossibly, in slow motion.

Customer Reviews

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Arne P.
Perfect Gift!

A birthday gift to my wife! She was more than happy!

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Stig P.
Mesmerising gadget

A facinating living sculpture that will adorn any home

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Igor S.
Meets the expectations.

The item is beautiful and quite sturdy. Expectations met. The only question you need to ask yourself is whether you even gonna turn the machine on after a week or two… :) It is a nice piece artwork anyways.

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Fabien G.
Slowdance Ebonized Ash

A thing of pure wonder, nothing less.

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Ingmar H.
Great Stuff ! And very fast and nice support

I received broken unit. It was replaced with express shipping without any problems. Great customer Service and really a stunning eyecatcher.

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Sebastian B.
The most beautiful piece of art

This wonderful piece of art exceeded all our expectations. Just incredible!

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Michael E.
Everyone asks about it

So i saw the Slow Dance in a Facebook advert a fairly long time ago and thought…… i have to have one. It felt a little pricey so i dragged my feet a bit and it took a few months for me to actually make the purchase. Starting my own business ended up being the catalyst for the move. Our company logo features a black frame so the ebonized ash was so perfect and matched all our furniture. It seemed a little like fate so i pulled the trigger, i figured that this would be our first item of fascination in the lobby.

When it arrived it was obvious it was worth every penny, this really is a piece of art. A moving sculpture that attracts constant attention, encourages conversation and ……most importantly, does exactly what it says on the tin……. its creates wonder for even the most experienced of our guests.

I have been asked for the link to the website maybe 10 times since in the last 2 months of us having one and i cannot see it stopping. Congratulations on a great product and please let me know if you have anything else like this planned in the future.

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Mike

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Petr S.

I like your product very much. I enjoy it almost every evening to get relax.

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Alexandra G.H.
I love it!!!

This is beautiful , I can watch it during hours , it’s very relaxing.

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James M.
Unbelievable

It’s better than it looks online and that’s saying something. Totally mesmerising.

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