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A New Age: Computer Shorts


With Tom Sito and Dean Winkler in person, followed by a book signing

Computer-generated imagery entered its adolescence in the 1970s and 1980s as artists began to develop new ways of envisaging the world through groundbreaking single-channel works and pioneering music videos. 

The program will be followed by a book signing in the Moving Image Store. Tom Sito’s new book, Moving Innovation: A History of Computer Animation (MIT Press, 2013) is the first full-length history of computer-generated imagery and the “math nerds, avant-garde artists, cold warriors, hippies, video game enthusiasts, and studio executives” who made it all happen.


Dirs. Stan Vanderbeek, Wade Shaw. 1972, 6 mins. 16mm.

La Faim (Hunger) 

Dir. Peter Foldès. 1974, 11 mins. Digibeta. Loan courtesy of producer, National Film Board of Canada. 


Dir. Woody Vasulka. 1974, 12 mins. Digital projection.  


Dir. Ed Emschwiller. 1979, 4 mins. Digital projection. 

Vol Libre  

Dir. Loren Carpenter. 1980, 2 mins. Digital projection. 


Dir. Steina Vasulka. 1980, 8 mins. Digital projection. 


Dirs. Dean Winkler, Tom DeWitt, Vibeke Sorensen. 1980, 7 mins. Digital projection. 

Adam Powers, The Juggler

Dirs. Richard Taylor, Gary Demos. 1981, 2 mins. Digital projection.

Voyager 2 Flyby  

Dir. Jim Blinn and Charles Kohlhase. 1981, 3 mins. Digital projection. 

Human Vectors  

Dir. Dov Jacobson. 1982, 2 mins. Digital projection.  

Big Electric Cat 

Dirs. John Sanborn, Kit Fitzgerlad, Dean Winkler. 1982, 5 mins. Digital projection.  

Adventures In Success 

Dirs. Lynn Goldsmith, Joshua White. 1983. 3mins. Digital projection. 

No No Nooky TV 

Dir. Barbara Hammer. 1987, 3 mins. 16mm.  


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