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Hypnotized by Clones: Looping GIFs of One Person

Monday 11.19.2012 , Posted by
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Like a mob of cloned jesters, janitors and joggers, these motion GIFs capture an endlessly repeating chain of moving figures who quickly repeat the actions of those before them. In the case of the poi swinging fellow above, his endless actions overlap his exact duplicate who marches his exact path. Created by Turkish filmmaker Erdal Inci, the hypnotizing images were created from earlier video work he has been perfecting since 2004.

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Perhaps what makes these images so captivating is their methodical perfection. Inci seamlessly weaves even the most abstract of motions together into the repeating whole you see here. For a glimpse of his brilliance at video, see the – at first – mundane video of seagulls at the bottom of this post. You can find out more about his these works on his Tumblr, or follow his actions on Twitter and Facebook.

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Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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