Ideabird 2/27/12, Oscar Edition

A pair of 1920s shoes with celluloid high-heels is found in a thrift store in Lyon. A collector from Hollywood buys them. A team of nano-archaelologists takes them apart, molecule by molecule, digitizing the chemical makeup. Computers reassemble the chains of numbers into images, and reconstruct several minutes of a lost George Méliès film.

© Tony Jonick 2013