Back in the sixties when computers were about to make their colossal breakthrough in the territory of art, Henry Flynt coined the term concept art for a new art-form based in mathematics. For digital pioneers such as Stan Vanderbeek, John Whitney or Larry Cuba, the computer was "the supreme mathematical instrument", a new media meant to trigger aesthetic intuitions. Tonight we will present what could be considered a pure form of conceptual work (by Henry Flynt's standards). We are screening the digital masterpiece Calculated Movements, a vectorial animation created by Larry Cuba while programming the wireframe structure for the infamous Star Wars' Death Star.
- Calculated Movements (Larry Cuba, 16mm film, b&w, sound, 6', 1985)
"A nursery for emergent concepts." - Alexandre Estrela
Oporto is a studio and a non-profit screening room located in Lisboa. Occupying the headquarters of a former Merchant Sailors Union, Oporto projects from time to time a single unique experimental video or film. The programme is exquisite and extremely slow.The selection of the pieces screened is made, not only on the basis of the work itself, but also on an overall idea of an exquisite corpse . The space is programed by artist Alexandre Estrela and sponsored by GAU- Gestão de Audiovisuais