Midi Onodera

24fps (2011)

2011. MMXI. The year of the rabbit, the International Year of Forests and the International Year of Chemistry. 2011 also marks the fifth year that I have been making miniature movies or as I like to call them, Vidoodles. As the world of analogue film gradually fades into the horizon and the rushing onslaught of digital rises like a Tsunami, there is no doubt we are in the middle of a collision. Film is based on persistence of vision: “the phenomenon of the eye by which an afterimage is thought to persist for approximately one twenty-fifth of a second on the retina.” As a child, I would wander about rapidly blinking my eyes, pretending I was in a movie. Flipbooks and Eadweard Muybridge’s Zoopraxiscope are examples of persistence of vision, consecutive still images moving in rapid succession, giving the impression of motion. Recently I came across the iPhone app called the “QuadCamera”, a camera application that can take 4 to 8 frames at intervals between 3 and 9 seconds. By stringing these still images together, the concept of P of V comes alive. With the exception of the first film of 2011, the vidoodles that I will be making this year, use this app. and pay tribute to the foundation of moving image theory. New movies will be posted on the 1st and 15th of every month.

but is it art?

The call of nature trumps theoretical discussions and critical thought.

Posted January 1, 2011


My deep thoughts always seem to come back to Mary Tyler Moore.

Posted January 15, 2011

stairway to heaven

Did you know that the Led Zeppelin version is almost 8 minutes long?

Posted February 1, 2011

on the beach

Sand is really just a bunch of teeny tiny rocks.

Posted February 15, 2011

inherit the earth

I don’t have any children, but if I did I’d be worried.

Posted March 1, 2011

5 reasons I love the sea


The sea has always been an ASTROnomical influence.

Posted March 15, 2011


All the more reason to take Vitamin C throughout the winter.

Posted April 1, 2011

half empty

I suppose I am a pessimist at heart.

Posted April 15, 2011

precipitate the drop

This video is contributed by Annie Onyi Cheung, welcomed as a guest artist to be part of Midi’s 2011 FPS vidoodle series. Annie is a performance, video, and installation artist based in Toronto. She attributes this video’s aesthetic, in part, to the influence of Midi’s prolific vidoodle serial projects.


Posted May 1, 2011

little jig in the big city

Not much has changed since Edison’s 1902 version of New York.

Posted May 15, 2011

BCN Barcelona

The flight was longer than my time in Spain.

Posted June 1, 2011

the best things are over before you know it

Summertime: you snooze, you lose.

Posted August 1, 2011

all good children go to heaven

I’ve been sick so it’s been on my mind.

Posted August 15, 2011

Written in Stone

There are few things that are written in stone, but this is one of them.

Posted September 1, 2011

Reality TV

Because everyone has a bit of Kim Kardashian in them.

Posted September 15, 2011


Sometimes you see it and sometimes you don’t.

Posted October 1, 2011


There are always missing pieces in a DIY kit.

Posted October 16, 2011


Men need to look their best, regardless of fashion trends.

Posted October 31, 2011


Ideas are a dime a dozen.

Posted November 14, 2011

the art collector

The front page story of the Nov. 27, 2011 NY Times makes for a strong backstory.

Posted November 30, 2011

With These Words, I do…

Just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you should.

Posted January 31, 2012