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Sunstone (1979)

Electronic Arts Intermix describes Ed Emshwiller's pioneering experimental concept video as a digital sculpture: "Sunstone is a landmark tape. Symbolic and poetic, it is a pivotal work in ... See full summary »

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Electronic Arts Intermix describes Ed Emshwiller's pioneering experimental concept video as a digital sculpture: "Sunstone is a landmark tape. Symbolic and poetic, it is a pivotal work in the development of an electronic language to articulate three-dimensional space. The opening image is an iconic face, which appears to be electronically 'carved' from stone. A mystical third eye, brilliantly crafted from a digital palette, radiates with vibrant transformations of color and texture. Sculpting electronically, Emshwiller then transforms perspectival representation: the archetypal 'sunstone' is revealed to be one facet of an open, revolving cube, each side of which holds a simultaneously visible, moving video image. Created with complex technology over an eight-month period, this emblematic spinning cube metaphorically describes a three-dimensional, temporal space, both hyperreal and simulated. Emshwiller's humanistic approach to technology ushered in the 1980s with a new electronic ... Written by Anonymous

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A collaboration between artist Ed Emshwiller and NYIT researchers including Alvy Ray Smith (one of the masterminds of Lucasfilm's computer graphics division, which later became Pixar). See more »

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25 February 2006 | by uticaSee all my reviews

Seminal, Influential, Inspirational

I saw a clip from this short film in the very early 80s on an edition of the BBC documentary show "Horizon" that dealt with the nascent computer animation industry.

I was truly stunned by it and decided that computer animation, whatever it was, was the thing that I wanted to do with my life. The images in the piece have stayed fresh in my mind ever since that day.

25 years or so later that's exactly what I am doing! These days it is so easy to churn out incredible images, but this film really achieved something special with a medium so difficult to use at the time that most of the practitioners had degrees in rocket science!


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