What does an award-winning 1980s computer graphics pioneer think about 2017?
This video by Dean Winkler and friends, published in 4K to Youtube 3 days ago says it. I don’t have as dark of a view yet there’s no denying the dark sides that have emerged right along the good.
“Published on May 10, 2017
What happened to the future we were promised?
This project was created purely as a non-profit, artistic endeavor with no external funding and no consideration of commercial potential. It is dedicated to Steve Rutt and Bill Etra; the two pioneering designers of scan manipulation analog video synthesizers.
We hope you enjoy it.
Directed By: Dean Winkler, Maureen Nappi and Donald S. Butler
(c) April 20, 2017 www.wci.nyc
3,840 x 2,160 resolution, Stereo audio 48Khz / 24 bit”
Well it’s an “art film” and art films kind of *have* to be ‘dark’ in some way.
I’m not as cynical as the artist here about the present and the future. I see fantastic potential we’re using *and* great directions we’re going into. I suspect the cynicism is likely due to the fact that yes, real people are using these marvelous things and not all real people are nice and not all real people are nerdy optimists and are quite happy to chat with their friends with the latest stampless electronic postcard technology.
So, I don’t agree with the darkness but what was more interesting to me is to see how an “80s style” artist would use newer technology to send whatever their message across is.
I liked the music too, although a little too much “check one” – but I’m a sucker for anything with a fast reggaeish feel to it. … is that ska? meh, I never get my genre names right.
I could’ve just said “nothing worse than a disgruntled optimist” but I’m feeling wordy again.
This is the kind of stuff he was making *waaaay* back. Plus I saw some other videos on his channel that go back even further where he was playing with horizontal interference patterns and synchronizing it to music. I think what amazes me is seeing a lifetime of *one* person’s computer art videos spanning actual decades in just a few minutes. Same mind, different technology, different mindset than someone who might make something similar today. Meh, I dunno. I tripped over it when I was wondering if there was a super-simple app that would let me make Star Wars green vector animations in the same style and ended up tripping over him.