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3/78  (Objects and Transformations)

(1978)
6 minutes
16mm, B/W

Description

Sixteen 'objects', each consisting of one hundred points of light, perform a series of precisely choreographed rhythmic transformations. Accompanied by the sound of a Shakuhachi (the Japanese bamboo flute), the film is an exercise in the visual perception of motion and mathematical structure.

 

Reviews

"Contains a striking exploration of perspective, pattern, and visual perception. Unusually fine computer animation which doesn't last longer than one's interest in the transformations."

---EFLA Evaluations, Educational Film Library Association

"His...films are...exciting and visually stunning. The classic beauty of 3/78 carries on the newly developed tradition in the computer technique that began with such artists as the Whitneys...
Cuba's images are at once technically complex and yet highly personal works in the field of computer animation."

---Paul Glabicki, Field of Vision

 

Festival Awards

Bellevue Film Festival, Bellevue,WA (1978)
Athens International Film Festival, Athens,OH (1979)
Sinking Creek Film Celebration, Nashville,TN (1979)
New York Independent Filmmakers Exposition, New York,NY (1980)

 

Festival Screenings

Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor,MI (1979)
Filmex '79, Los Angeles,CA (1979)
Big Muddy Film Festival, Carbondale,IL (1979)
Atlanta Independent Film Festival, High Museum of Art, Atlanta,GA
San Francisco Art Institute Film Festival, SF,CA (1979)
Baltimore Film Festival, Baltimore,MD (1979)
Arts Festival of Atlanta, "Best of the Fest", Atlanta,GA (1979)
Seattle Arts Festival: Bumbershoot '79, Seattle,WA (1979)
Lille International Film Festival, Lille, France (1979)
American Film Festival, New York,NY (1980)

 

Invited Screenings

"Absolute Animation", Center Screen, Boston, MA (1979)
"Animation Art", Pittsburgh Film Makers, Pittsburgh,PA (1979)
"LA Optical", Encounter Cinema
UCLA Film Archive, Los Angeles, CA (1980)
Dance Theater Showcase, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica,CA (1980)
"Absolute Animation II", Encounter Cinema
UCLA Film Archive, Los Angeles, CA (1980)
"Trickfilm/Chicago '80" Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (1980)
Atlanta Independent Filmmakers Expo, Atlanta,GA (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 Hague, The Netherlands (1987)
"Richter & Beyond", Goethe House, New York,NY (1988)