John Whitney (US)

Cinéma Spoutnik

Matrix III
1972 16mm, color, sound, 10min 35
Music by Terry Riley (Poppy Nogood and the Phantom Band, 1968)

Courtesy of Whitney Edition LLC, Los Angeles, California

A pioneer in abstract cinema and computer animation, a collaborator of Alfred Hitchcock for his visual effects, and Charles Eames and Buckminster Fuller for experiences in cinema expanded to architecture, John Whitney Sr was awarded a fellowship as artist-in-residence at IBM between 1966 and 1969. Matrix III, an ever-evolving digital mandala, has been produced in California following his first experiments with high powered computers. The motion graphics, composing and decomposing at the rhythm of Terry Riley’s improvisations, is a major work of synesthesia, in which light, form and sound melt into a hypnotic immersion, into a cosmic journey.

By repetition,
you start noticing details
in the landscape