Larry Cuba | i |
 
last name: Cuba
first name: Larry
birthday: 1950
birth-place: Atlanta (USA)
Summary

“Larry Cuba is one of the most important artists currently working in the tradition known variously as abstract, absolute or concrete animation. This is the approach to cinema (film and video) as a purely visual experience, an art form related more to painting and music than to drama or photography.” [Youngblood, 1986]
“As Raphael Bassan wrote in a 1981 issue of La Revue du Cinema, “The computer animation establishes a parallel between visual perception and a structure of linguistic or mathematical order: it is concerned with establishing a new organizational field for the aesthetic material. …In the sphere of abstract cinema (lacking a better term), Larry Cuba’s research is, in fact, at the origin of a new direction which does not yet have a name…”" [Larry Cuba, n. d.]
Cuba’s computer-animated films 3/78, Two Space, and Calculated Movements “were shown at film festivals throughout the world—-including Los Angeles, Hiroshima, Zagreb and Bangkok—-and have won numerous awards. Cuba’s been invited to present his work at various conferences such as [”Siggraph":institution@256], ISEA, Ars Electronica, and Art and Math Moscow and his films have been included in screenings at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, The Hirshhorn Museum, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Amsterdam Filmmuseum and the Isetan Museum of Art, Tokyo.
Cuba received grants for his work from the American Film Institute and The National Endowment for the Arts and was awarded a residency at the Center for Art and Media Technology Karlsruhe. He has served on the juries for the Siggraph Electronic Theater, the Montpellier Festival of Abstract Film, The Ann Arbor Film Festival and Ars Electronica." [Larry Cuba, n. d.]
Cuba describes his work in the following way: “My work consists of experimenting with algebraic structures to generate visual material that is unpredictable in its form. By that I mean that it was not designed, imagined or otherwise previsualized. The results are only known after the program is run, the computer executes the computations and produces the animation.” [Sullivan, 1999]

Biography

1950 Born in 1950 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA
1974 Producing first computer animation, Cuba was “considered the second generation” - those who directly followed the visionaries of the sixties: John Whitney, Sr., Stan VanDerBeek and Lillian Schwartz. The same year he created “First Fig”, a 6 minute long film in color on 16mm.
1975 John Whitney, Sr. invited Cuba to be the programmer on one of his films. The result of this collaboration was Arabesque.
1978 The artist created “3/78 (Objects and Transformations)”, a film of 6 minutes, in black and white on 16mm.
1979 Cuba filmed “Two Space”, a black and white film on 16mm, of 8 minutes lengths.
1980 Calculated Movement, a black and white film, was created on 16 mm with 6 minutes of length.
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