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In 2011, I had the honor of doing an Oral History with Lillian Schwartz. She was amazing, and though I was severely jet-lagged from the flight, and dozed a bit, it was amazing! Lillian's work at Bell Labs in the 1960s and 70s was incredibly important, and the works she produced were among the most important of that period. In particular, Olympiad, taking Muybridge's images of a running man and animating them using a series of variously-sized octogons, takes on various meanings, dating back to the history of film, with ties to those early experimentors, as well as to the work of directors like Leni Riefenstahl and The Lumieres. This piece is a phenomenal work, and the 1976 documentary The Artist and the Computer focuses on Schwartz's creations and process.
Her approach is nothing novel, but as a person, she's incredible. Her views on the process is what this film focuses on, and the individual works often speak to it as forcefully as she does.
Klaus at Gunpoint
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