Sixteen 'objects', each consisting of one hundred points of light, perform a series of precisely choreographed rhythmic transformations. Accompanied by the sound of a Shakuhachi (the Japanese bamboo flute), the film is an exercise in the visual perception of motion and mathematical structure.
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Larry Cuba is one of the most important artists in the tradition known variously as abstract, absolute or concrete animation.
While still a graduate student at The California Institute of the Arts, he was convinced of the artistic potential of computer graphics, but this was years before art schools began teaching the subject. So Larry solicited access to the mainframe computers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab and taught himself computer animation by producing his first film, "First Fig".
In 1975 John Whitney invited him to be the programmer on one of his films; the result of this collaboration was "Arabesque".
Subsequently, Cuba produced three more computer·animated films: "3/78" [Objects and Transformations], "Two Space", and "Calculated Movements".
As Raphael Bassan wrote in a 1981 issue of La Revue du Cinema, "The computer animation establishes a parallel between visual perception and a structure of linguistic or mathematical order: it is concerned with establishing a new organizational field for the aesthetic material… In the sphere of abstract cinema [lacking a better term], Larry Cuba's research is, in fact, at the origin of a new direction which does not yet have a name…"
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