Fired Up by Dan Fipphen

Fired Up is a short animated film that depicts the origin story of President Obama’s famed “Fired up, ready to go” chant.

On a rainy day in June of 2007, President Obama found himself speaking to a subdued crowd in the tiny town of Greenwood, SC. He was exhausted, soaking wet, and beginning to doubt the whole campaign when a voice called out from the back, “Fired up, ready to go!”. The chant, started by one unassuming woman in a church hat, transformed the audience and went on to become a rallying cry in every corner of America.

With the audio of President Obama’s speech as the soundtrack, the film combines original animation by 12 artists from around the world.

Animation directors (in order of appearance): Emily Eckstein & Ege Alper, Alex Silver, Lynn Tomlinson, Jovanna Tosello, The Duke & The Duck, Amy Lee Ketchum, Juan Camilo Gonzalez, Musa Brooker, Miguel Jiron, Sara Spink, Lou Morton, and Daniela Sherer.

Power Hungry by Benjy Brooke

A tale of future woes. Created for Super Deluxe.
Sound design and music: Kenny Kusiak (

Dramatic Relationships by Dustin Guy Defa

„Dramatic Relationships“ is this week’s Vimeo Staff Pick Premiere. Read a Q&A with director Dustin Guy Defa here:

Scenes from the relationship between a male director and his female actors.

6 min USA color super16mm ©2016
dir. Dustin Guy Defa
cinematographer Zach Levy
starring Elisa Lasowski, Bingham Bryant, Lindsay Burdge, Stephen Gurewitz, Jennifer Kim, Hannah Gross, Keith Paulson, Agostina Gálvez, Jay Giampietro

TINARIWEN (+IO:I) – TÉNÉRÉ TÀQQÀL by Pilule & Pigeon

Directed by Axel Digoix, produced by Pilule et Pigeon
p&c 2016 Wedge


Ténéré tàqqàl
Eghàrghàr wa n-fissar
Dàgh iknasàn elwan
Azzadàn dàgh-s alimmoz

Awwànàn ichinkad Adagh
Ibas tidwin igdad iskak
Aherahàghnàt timizzagh
Tiwàr tekenzart idim n-àlyad

A-wa àzzàman àssoheen
Dàgh idja amsistagh
Azzaràn wi àssohàtnen
Idjmadàn inibdan

Ammun dàgh-nàgh meddàn
Tàssiknàs tayitte n-nibrar
Tigla tisrawt fàlanàgh
Istàqqàt anmàghdar

What has become of the Ténéré

The Ténéré* has become an upland of thorns
Where elephants fight each other
Crushing tender grass under foot.

The gazelles have found refuge high in the mountains
The birds no longer return to their nests at night
The camps have all fled.

You can read the bitterness on the faces of the innocents
During this difficult and bruising time
In which all solidarity has gone.

The strongest impose their will
And leave the weakest behind
Many have died battling for twisted ends.
And joy has abandoned us
Exhausted by all this duplicity.

* Ténéré is a Tamashek word meaning empty land or desert. The plural of the word is tinariwen.

The Trolley Problem by Eoin Duffy

A thought experiment in ethics. Vid for TED Ed


Eoin Duffy

Eleanor Nelsen

David Kamp –

Eoin Duffy
Tyler Morgan
Super Dasil
Hovsepyan Karen
Cooper Custom
Pranavjit Virdi

Addison Anderson

Gerta Xhelo

Jessica Ruby

BLOOMS 2: Strobe Animated Sculptures Invented by John Edmark by John Edmark

Blooms are 3D printed sculptures designed to animate when spun under a strobe light. Unlike a 3D zoetrope, which animates a sequence of small changes to objects, a bloom animates as a single self-contained sculpture. The bloom’s animation effect is achieved by progressive rotations of the golden ratio, phi (ϕ), the same ratio that nature employs to generate the spiral patterns we see in pinecones and sunflowers. The rotational speed and strobe rate of the bloom are synchronized so that one flash occurs every time the bloom turns 137.5º (the angular version of phi).* Each bloom’s particular form and behavior is determined by a unique parametric seed I call a phi-nome (/fī nōm/). -John Edmark

John Edmark is an artist, designer, and inventor. He teaches at Stanford University.

Instagram: @John.Edmark
A talk about blooms and related work:
Purchase blooms:

Video by John Edmark ©2017
Creative Consultant: Terrence Tessaro McArdle
Filming: Charlie Nordstrom
Music: Bryan Barcinas

Pier 9 Artist in Residence program:

*For this video, rather than using a strobe, the camera was set to a very short shutter speed in order to freeze individual frames of the spinning sculpture.