Slow Dance – A frame that slows down time

€399.00

WIRED called it “so stunning we almost don’t want to tell you how it works”.
It raised over 500,000€ on Kickstarter.

Slow Dance is a picture frame that makes real objects appear to move in slow motion.
An original piece of art designed by Jeff Lieberman. Now back in stock.

Ebonized Ash

Craft Pine

Light Pine

· Two feathers
· EU, UK, US or Australia compatible power adapter
· Wall mounting hook
· Optional feet for stability

Original Art by Jeff Lieberman

As an artist, I’ve always been mystified about the things that are invisible to the naked eye, whether because they are too small, too fast, or just out of the range of what the eye can sense — and the feeling that we get being able to peer into otherwise invisible worlds.

As a former scientist, I’m mystified in a different way — by the very processes that make perception possible, and how our consciousness is structured and gives rise to experience. 

Inspired by Harold "Doc" Edgerton

When I was in graduate school at MIT, I heard about a legendary class called ‘Strobe Lab’ where they teach the original slow motion (and other) imaging techniques invented by Doc Edgerton.

I would spend long hours in his old lab, setting up elaborate schemes to capture subjects that would be impossible to see with the naked eye.

When Discovery Channel was looking for someone to both take ultra-slow motion video, and discuss the science of what we saw, they contacted the Edgerton Lab who recommended me their way, and for three years I hosted ‘Time Warp,’ using technology to see the (otherwise) invisible.

The Dancing Wedding Gift

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.

Crowdfunded

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 — the way two people can dance with each other in their relationship and lives.

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.

What started out as a wedding gift..

..quickly raised over 500,000€ on Kickstarter..

..and took on the world!

When science meets art

Slow Dance uses strobe lights and electromagnets to create an optical illusion where real objects appear to move in slow motion.

Watch Jeff explain more in the video below.

1 frame. 3 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.

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!

Customer Reviews

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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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Juan C.
Simply amazing

So simple, yet so beautiful

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Matteo T.
Incredible!!

Very good quality