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Binary Bit Patterns

1969

Dir. Michael Whitney, 16mm Color Sound 00:04:00

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Description

An 'op art' contemporary abstract film which was programmed on a digital computer and then optically printed, it explores the graphic permutations of a simple, Persian-like pattern. The film represents an effort to harness the creative potential of the electronic digital computer through the concrete, non-literal form of motion pictures.

The technique is fascinating...a beautiful experience that will cause puzzlement and discussion. -- SCIENCE ACTIVITIES.

A dazzling exploration of the archetypal geometric configurations that approaches déja vu...provides a deep emotional experience. -- Gene Youngblood, 'Expanded Cinema'.

[Source: Creative Film Society Catalog, 1975]

Other Credits

Assisted by John Whitney