The Artist & The Computer #1: Pioneers of CGI, 1963-1990

There is now not a urban human on earth (save for your great-grandma) who can fully wade in the waters of a computer-less environment — which is why, now more than ever, vanguard animation from the dawn of our Information Age holds such excitingly juicy potential for rediscovery. Colorful, crafty, clever, geometric, playful, psychedelic and totally transportive — these are but a few ways to describe the infinite innovation on display in these times. First born out of government labs and R&D centers, the proto-CGI universe of was a magnificent playground where artists, scientists and other keepers of the faith strived to synergize mechanical fireworks with human consciousness. For this sweeping historical buffet, we welcome CG raconteur/digital daredevil Diane Piepol to reach deep into the vaults with us for a loving compilation of commercials, tests, film excerpts and ephemera, addressing everything from the earliest days of cutting-edge green-on-black all the way up through to the medium’s breakthrough moment in the late-’80s.

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