Mike Cantor is an Oakland, CA-based video artist, computational biologist, and pattern junky.
Most Recently, Mike Cantor has been experimenting with stop-motion animation using an original technique, which he calls "Velcro Rotoscoping." Thousands of individually decorated velcro dots (over 19,000 to date) are arrayed on a grid and photographed to create frames of video. The result is a visual inversion of computer animation in which low resolution (36 x 27) images are generated using pixels (the velcro dots) which themselves are rich with high-resolution analog detail.
Cantor's first two short films screened in over 25 national and international film festivals. His first film, Hot Velcro Action, won Best Experimental Film and Best Visual Effects at the LA International New Wave Film Festival. His collabaration with musician Brandon Pattton, entitled Freckle, won Best Music Video at the San Francisco Frozen Film Festival and featured on cbsnews.com.
Mike Cantor holds Ph.D. in Bioinformatics from Stanford University and currently works at the Joint Genome Institute, building web-based visualization tools for the analysis of genome sequence data. His work as an artist has been influenced by his life in science, but he couldn't exactly tell you how.
Mike Cantor hails originally from Newton, Ma. and has dressed up as Larry Bird over 33 times.