The Artist & The Computer #2: Auteurs and Experiments

“As an artist using a machine I can’t even fathom the speed of, I have to bring to it imagination, intuition and emotion. It’s the same intuitive approach as oil painting. The only things missing are the smells of the paint.” — Lillian Schwartz

Further back in time from the vast Uncanny Valley of the Dolls in which big-time CGI entertainment, video games and advertising roam lies the visual music and wondrous landscapes of the first computer auteurs. Amongst the engineers working on early governmental research technology were a handful of clever and driven souls who benefitted from the largesse of orgs like Bell Labs, Boeing and MIT while pursuing dreams of the first digital fine art on film. As a follow-up to our previous guided tour of the Information Age’s “big bang”, tonight’s program of full-length works by major pioneers John Whitney, Sr., Larry Cuba, John Stehura, Lillian Schwartz, Richard Baily, Ed Emshwiller and Stan VanDerBeek has been hand-picked by CG raconteur/digital daredevil Diane Piepol and the Cinefamily crew. Come get lost in the infinite-colored 1s ‘n ‘0s zone!

Watch Cinefamily’s original trailer for “The Artist and the Computer”!