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Tripolar by Scott Sona Snibbe

By Scott Snibbe Studio, Inc.

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


Tripolar animates the tangled, abstract, and ever-changing forms a pendulum makes as it swings over a magnetic base. It was commissioned by the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. The drawings it creates, reminiscent of 1950s abstraction, are chaotic systems in which minute changes to the start position produce large changes in the pendulum’s path. By invisibly moving the starting position in microscopic increments towards your finger's position, Tripolar lets you explore points between pixels, simulating a resolution thousands of times that of the actual screen.
To further explore the boundary between a software artist's work and the interactive creations made with users of the work, this version of Tripolar allows you to move, add, and remove magnets to create an infinite array of configurations besides Tripolar’s original well-known configuration of three symmetric magnets. Touch the bottom of the screen to bring up these controls.


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Customer Reviews

Snibbe's best app yet!

I have all of Scott Snibbe's apps, and I am loving this one. It allows one to make whimsical "drawings" by controlling the magnets and tension of a imaginary pendulum. I think this app is great for both kids and adults-- brings out one's creativity. A nice touch is that you can title each scribble yourself, get a by-line, and post to Facebook. I appreciate that, as in his other apps, it is more about the experience-- it seems impossible recreate the exact same visuals.... each time is different!

Subtle depth

The app when you start it is beautiful, making very complex, beautifully curved shapes as you touch. If you tap the sides of the screen there is an "edit" mode that has a lot of depth - you can move all the magnets and make endless variations on this app -- richer than I expected and beautiful.


I love this app, as if you couldn't tell. You never create the same art work twice. The art work has a 50's feel to it. This app is simple, beautiful, enchanting.

Tripolar by Scott Sona Snibbe
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $1.99
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Released:
  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 0.8 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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