|Free Radicals Len Lye|
From some the earliest abstract cinema through to egdy contemporary experiments with digital, lose yourself in this program of abstract films.
Including historic works from Viking Eggeling, Hans Richter, Walter Ruttman and László Moholy-Nagy, it also features the rarely-seen short films of America's pioneer animator, Mary Ellen Bute.
Drawn from the ACMI and LUX (UK) collections, the contemporary selection includes moving image makers from Len Lye and John Whitney through to Steina and Woody Vasulka, Lis Rhodes, Malclom Le Grice and Semiconductor.
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Viking EggelingSymphonie DiagonaleUnited States, 1921-1924, B& W, mute, 7:39 min
Hans Richter Rhythmus 21Germany, 1921, B& W, mute, 3:30 min
Walter RuttmanOpus IVGermany, 1925, colour, mute, 4min
László Mohology NagyLichtspiel Schwarz-Weiss-Grau (Lightplay: Black, White and Grey)Germany/Soviet Union, 1930, B & W, mute, 6 min
Mary Ellen ButeRhythm in LightUnited States, 1934, B & W, 5min
The earliest American abstract film. Premiered at Radio City Music Hall with "Becky Sharp"
Mary Ellen ButeAbstronicUnited States, 1952, colour, 7min
Oscilloscope-generated images set to music
Len LyeFree RadicalsUnited States, 1958 (revised 1979), B & W, mono, 4:03 min
John WhitneyPermutationsUnited States, 1966, colour, mono, 7 min
Steina & Woody VasulkaNoisefieldsUnited States, 1974, video, 12min
Noisefields is an important example of the Vasulkas' early experiments, a visualisation of the materiality of the electronic signal and its energy. Colorised video noise (or snow) is keyed through a circle, producing a rich static sound that is modulated by the energy content of the video.
Lis RhodesLight MusicUnited Kingdom, 1977, 16mm/video, 15 min
Lis Rhodes has conducted a thorough investigation into the relationship between shapes and rhythms of lines and their tonality when printed as sound. The imagery is restricted to lines of horizontal bars across the screen: there is variety in the spacing (frequency), their thickness (amplitude) and their colour and density (tone).
Malcolm Le GriceArbitrary Logic United Kingdom, 1989, video, 5min
SemiconductorYes, You are RightUnited Kingdom, 1999, video, 1 min
Total program duration approx. 90mins