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Calculated Movements

6 minutes
16mm, B/W


A choreographed sequence of graphic events constructed from simple elements repeated and combined in a hierarchical structure. The simplest element is a linear ribbon-like figure, that appears, follows a path across the screen and then disappears. The next level up in the hierarchy is an animating geometric form composed of multiple copies of the ribbon figure shifted in time and space. At this level the copies are spread out into a two-dimensional symmetry pattern or shifted out of phase for a follow-the-leader type effect, or a combination of the two. The highest level is the sequential arrangement of these graphic events into a score that describes the composition from beginning to end.


"Calculated Movements...was produced on a raster-graphic system that allowed Cuba to work for the first time with solid areas and "volumes" rather than just dots of light. The result, both in design and dynamism, is strongly reminiscent of the films of Oskar Fischinger.

Words like elegant, graceful, exhilarating or spectacular do not begin to articulate the evocative power of these sublime works characterized by cascading designs, startling shifts of perspective and the ineffable beauty of precise, mathematical structure. They are as close to music --- particularly the mathematically transcendent music of Bach --- as the moving-image arts will ever get."

--- Gene Youngblood, Video and the Arts


Festival Awards

Thomas A. Edison Black Maria Film/Video Festival, West Orange,NJ (1985)
Video Culture International Competition, Toronto, Canada (1985)
Atlanta Film Festival, Atlanta, GA (1986)
Athens International Film Festival, Athens,OH (1986)
Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI (1986)
Sinking Creek Film Celebration, Nashville,TN (1986)
Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria (1987)


Festival Screenings

Big Muddy Film Festival, Carbondale,IL (1985)
Siggraph '85 Art Show, San Francisco, CA (1985)
SF Independent Video Festival, San Francisco,CA (1985)
Hiroshima '85, Hiroshima, Japan (1985)
DIGICON '85, Vancouver, Canada (1985)
LA International Animation Celebration, Los Angeles,CA (1985)


Invited Screenings

"The Artist and the Computer"
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco,CA (1985)
"Communications for the Future", AFI's TV & Video Festival
New Delhi, Calcutta, Madras, and Bombay, India (1985)
Museum of Modern Art, New York,NY (1986)
"Spiritual in Art: Abstract painting 1890-1985"
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles,CA (1987)
"The Dream of Color Music", Gemeentemuseum, The Hauge, The Netherlands
American Video Art, Otso Gallery, Espoo, Finland (1987)
Northwest Film & Video Festival, Portland, OR (1987)
"The Expanded Image: Video & Computer Graphics"
New England Computer Arts Association, Cambridge, MA (1986)
Atlanta Film Festival, 10th Anniversary Celebration, Atlanta,GA (1986)
Walter Lanz Animation Conference, AFI, Los Angeles,CA (1987)
"Computer Technology in Art and Science", Hannover, West Germany (1988)
Zagreb '88, Animation Festival, Zagreb, Yugoslavia (1988