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Two Space

8 minutes
16mm, B/W


Two dimensional patterns, like the tile patterns of Islamic temples, are generated by performing a set of symmetry operations (translations, rotations, and reflections) upon a basic figure or tile.

Two Space consists of twelve such patterns produced using each of nine different animating figures (12 x 9 = 108 total). Rendered in stark black and white, the patterns produce optical illusions of figure-ground reversal and afterimages of color. Gamelan music from the classical tradition of Java adds to the mesmerizing effect.



"An exquisite, lyrical computer-animated film. Truly, Larry Cuba has developed fine art from this highly technical medium. The hypnotic movement of white dot patterns on inky black creates a sense of spiritual beauty as it leaves some fascinating optical afterimages."

---Lize Bechtold, Filmex World Animation Survey Program


Festival Awards

Marin County National Film Competition, San Rafael,CA (1980)
Baltimore International Film Festival, Baltimore,Md (1980), 1st Place, Experimental Category
Atlanta Film Festival, High Museum of Art, Atlanta,GA (1980)
Sinking Creek Film Festival, Nashville,TN (1980)
Athens International Film Festival, Athens,OH (1980), Golden Athena, Best Animation
Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor,MI (1980)


Festival Screenings

Filmex, Los Angeles,CA (1980)
Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor,MI (1980)
The Best of the Atlanta Film Festival Tour:
Hirshhorn Museum, Washington,DC (1980)
Atlanta Arts Festival, Atlanta,GA (1980)
Georgia State University, Atlanta,GA (1980)
University of Georgia, Athens,GA (1980)


Invited Screenings

"Absolute Animation", Encounter Cinema
UCLA Film Archive, Los Angeles, CA (1980)
Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, New York, NY (1980)
"Baltimore International Film Festival Short Film Showcase"
AFI Theater, Washington, DC (1980)
"New Animation", University Art Museum, Berkeley,CA (1981)
"Synthetic Movements: New Directions for American Animation"
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (1981)
St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO (1981)
Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX (1981)
Atkins Museum, Kansas City, MO (1981)
"The Art of the Animated Film"
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada (1982)
"Light Currents", The Exploratorium, San Francisco,CA (1983)
"Exhibition of Computer Art"
Isetan Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan (1983)
Bangkok Animation Film Festival, Thailand (1986)
"The Spiritual in Art: Abstract Painting 1890-1985"
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (1987)
"The Dream of Color Music"
Filmmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (1987)
Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, The Netherlands (1987)
International Film Programs, USSR