Google Proves That HTML5 Can Be Just As Artsy As Flash

    July 19, 2012
    Zach Walton
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I grew up watching a lot of flash animation on sites like Newgrounds. That experience is what turned me into such an animation fanatic and I love that we have the tools for amateur animators to share their creations with the world. Flash was the tool of choice for most short animated films, but HTML5 might be the new leader one day.

To kickstart the HTML5 art and animation revolution, Google has partnered with the Tate Modern in London to create This Exquisite Forest. It’s a collaborative art project where users are encouraged to work together “to create animations and stories using a web-based drawing tool.”

The project already features animation from seven well-known artists of the day including Bill Woodrow and Mark Titchner. They have created what Google is calling “short ‘seed’ animations” that anybody else can expand upon to continue the story started by them. It’s a concept that’s been done before, but never in this format. The really cool part is that as the stories continue, they branch out into trees with multiple paths that leaves each story with a different ending each time you view it.

If you create anything for This Exquisite Forest, it has a chance of showing up at the Tate Modern on July 23. The gallery will be using large-scale projectors to show off the creations from the seven artists as well as those contributed by the public. If you visit the gallery in person, you can contribute your own animation on the spot at a drawing station.

The technology behind this new art project is pretty impressive. It’s powered by Chrome’s HTML5 and JavaScript features that helps to emulate the kind of experience you would see in Flash. Potential artists can also use the Web Audio API to create music that will accompany their submission.

If you want to contribute to the project, head on over to the This Exquisite Forest Web site. There are some stories that don’t have very many branches yet and could use some love.

  • http://www.zazzle.com/gkrew1* DC

    HTML 5 is the future. Flash is dead

    • Tomas

      So why does it only work good in Chrome browser? That was issues Flash tried to solve latest decade

  • http://www.medlawplus.com/ medlaw

    It’s all well and good that Google is showing the usability of HTML5 but there is just an awful lot of flash out there on the web that is never going to be converted to HTML5. I’m disappointed the most recent version of android will not be able to run flash. As the years pass, that will become less of an issue but, in the short term, it hurts. Many of the educational / documentary sites I like use flash for their videos and presentations.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/zach-walton Zach Walton

      Flash is still available, for a limited time, on older versions of Android. You also can technically run Flash on Jelly Bean, but it’s not tested. I’m sure some intrepid programmer will get it working just fine since many people seem to want it on Android.

  • Steve G

    The main reason for somebody to create anything these days in flash is so that somebody else cannot easily copy it. It really serves no other purpose. Basically older stuff that is still in flash will have to be converted much like people who still have VCR tapes are converting their stuff over to DVD (not exactly the same thing as converting flash to html 5, but just an example of converting one format to another). I don’t blame anybody who doesn’t want to install the flash plug-in or mobile phone manufacturers from not supporting flash at all as I hate when it crashes from time to time and is slow to load unless you have a beefed up system.

  • mattjnz

    Using this beautiful website with 3 classes of grade 2-3 students has been an amazing lesson in resilience as machine after machine crashed, froze, rebooted or just sat there. Warnings about real player, Flash (?) would pop up even though they were all up to date and the site uses html 5.
    Tried on 3 seperate occasions to access the site but no more than 2/3 of the students ever achieved a finished product without repeated restarts.
    So sad when the concept is that beautiful.