Overcoming the Limits of the Human Eye: Powers of Ten by Charles & Ray Eames
Anna Poli

Powers of Ten (1968) is the most famous documentary by Charles & Ray Eames; it shows in just a few minutes the visual power of cinema. In particular, it deals with the infinitely large and the infinitely small. It shows the dimensional scale of micro and macro and the position of the earth in the universe through the power of ten. With this movie, Charles & Ray Eames, as designers and visual communicators, try to facilitate the understanding of science with regard to human dimensions and the boundaries of the earth in relation to the universe. This project manages to translate complex ideas into simple images which allow a non-specialist audience to better understand the potential of new technology.

 


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