John and James Whitney - Arabesque
  Year :   1975
  Location :   USA
  Worktype :   -
  Materials:   funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and IBM sponsorship (1965 - 69) starting at the
  Info :   UCLA Health Sciences Computing Center.





 
Compositional_Function
  Work Details  
  It was the climax to a creative period where such films as the Matrix series were completed. For some Arabesque is considered the seminal computer film Set to the music of Manoochelher Sadeghi, the film ran 7 minutes. It is an example of the artist perfecting his art. The whirling, exotic flow of the music is in perfect synthesis with the quasi- psychedelic blooming of colored forms. John Whitney had balanced science with aesthetics, and defined the computer as a legitimate medium for art. Films like Catalog and Arabesque used sequences that were like words which were later combined together in the optical printer into compositions. The technique is somewhat similar to the composer (Schoenberg) working with a musical tone row.