I would like to create some math animations for a talk and art show that
I'm giving on November 16 at the Klaipeda Science and Art Festival.
I want to illustrate six transformations which I write about here:
Namely, they are Reflection, Shear, Rotation, Dilation, Squeeze and
In my talk, I relate them to different ways that they were applied by
Chinese poets of the Tang dynasty to evoke different moods. Here is my
talk in Lithuanian:
The main idea is that, emotionally, we draw an important boundary
between how our expectations apply to our selves and the rest of the
world. For example, if our expectations aren't met regarding ourselves,
we feel sad. If they aren't met regarding the world, we feel
surprised. I claim that our minds apply different geometries and
transformations to reshape this boundary.
I want to create some simple animations, for example, to increase or
decrease the size of a wild goose (dilation), or to move it across a
screen (translation) and so on. I would like to use my own images for
the figure and the background.
What is simplest?
Should I create animated GIFs? Is there an open source program that is
I am using Linux and GIMP. I can code in Python, PHP, Perl or other
macro languages as needed.
Thank you for helping me!
P.S. Writing from Lithuania, I encourage my colleagues in the US to
vote! The US really matters around the world.
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