The first program highlights two major figures in the development of artists’ cinema, particularly those investigated in exploring the abstract limits of celluloid-based images in motion.
Fischinger’s handmade abstract work (maintained and archived by the Center for Visual Music) may be foundational for animators, but the rich colors and textures show a dedication to visual form as it shines on celluloid.
Meanwhile, Tony Conrads The Flicker is a foundational work of so-called structural film with much broader applications and implications than it seems. A 30-minute extravaganza of alternating black-and-white frames, The Flicker shows nothing and everything all at once. A night of what a critics have called "visual LSD"!
(Warning: The Flicker features a strong strobe effect and may trigger seizures for persons with photosensitive epilepsy).
Featured Films Include:
Oskar Fischinger, Wax Experiments, 8 minutes
Oskar Fischinger, Composition in Blue, 4 minutes
Oskar Fischinger, Study No. 8, 4 minutes
Tony Conrad, The Flicker, 30 minutes