Flux on the web

You may, at first glance, mistake it for some strange, exotic sea creature – a newly discovered species of jellyfish, perhaps, or sea urchin. Whatever it is, it’s beautiful. Luminous, undulating, it literally glows with life as it rotates in its bowl, beads of white sliding across its surface. It’s not a creature, though – in fact, incredibly, its surface is not even moving. This may seem impossible – I mean, look at it, it’s clearly moving, right? Nope. The only movement is a slow rotation, despite the fact that the surface seems to be crawling. That’s the power of optical illusion and mathematics.
— 3DPrint.com
What is the original idea behind this project?

The intention of our project was to play with visual perception.
We discovered that reducing visual data can actually lead to more perceived information. This came to our minds when were “hacking” some 3D-Television shutter glasses. We wanted to play with the stroboscopic effect.
— Arduino.org
A Mesmerizing 3D-Printed Zoetrope that Glows

Unlike similar devices we’ve seen, Pilger says their design isn’t photographed or viewed using a strobe light to create the animation effect, but instead appears to move when staring directly at it in regular light (or darkness).
— COLOSSAL
Whether you are as intrigued by the philosophy of mathematical aesthetics and visual perception as these young 3D designers, or are just looking for something mesmerizing and beautiful to stare at for a couple of minutes (or as long as you need to, really), look no further than the beautiful 3D printed Flux.
— 3ders.org
What’s cooler than a 3D printed zoetrope? A 3D printed zoetrope that emits a warm glow, of course. Gaze upon Flux and be amazed (or gently lulled to sleep).

The key point of difference from zoetropes we’ve covered previously is this is a small, compact design that wouldn’t look out of place in the home. With a light source embedded in the wooden base, it creates a sophisticated ambient effect akin to a 21st Century Lava Lamp.

In layman’s terms, visual perception of the Flux is the result of filtering and reducing complex data, which enables viewers to better understand what they’re seeing.

In other words, this 3D printed zoetrope doesn’t care if you flunked maths. Data is beautiful, regardless. Just look at the Flux, gawp, and be amazed.
— all3dp.com
3D printing has opened the door for artists to create kinetic works. Project Flux, a collaboration of 3 students from Germany used 3D printing to create a physical object that choreographs spinning and light to create the impression of animation.
— Shapeways
A group of German Makers have developed an animated, kinetic sculpture that produces a controlled 3D zoetrope optical illusion. Flux was designed to play with the eye’s perception of space and depth without using any sort of strobe or camera. Simply turn it on and watch it ‘deform.’

Be prepared to have your mind blown…
— Atmel
Three students at the Köln International School of Design in Germany have a developed a new kind of animated sculpture that produces a controlled 3D zoetrope optical illusion. Flux displays a tangible animation that tests the eye’s perception of space and depth without using any sort of projector or camera.
— The Creators Project