Random Movement (Completed Study # 1)

palyka1_t4_69

Photo contact sheets of selected frames from a 16mm film

Computer-generated film

Bendix G-21 digital computer, Philco cathode-ray tubes with Carnegie Mellon graphic display system
Programmed in ALGOL 60
Produced at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

“Making a slight programming adjustment (often simply changing the parameters of the random-number generator), I run the program to display a six-minute sequence on the cathode-ray tube and respond to the images in the same way as a painter responds to his images during the act of painting. [...]
Attempting to break away from the purely logical level of involvement upon which the computer thrives, I try to respond with sensitivity to the images that the computer produces from my program. This sometimes involves making use of programming errors, which bring exciting visual results as well as erasing those that do not. [...]
I might add that the film is recorded directly from the cathode-ray tube with no editing done afterwards. [...] The work itself is not what you see here. This is merely a ghost of what was happening in the room with the cathode-ray tubes.”
[Duane M. Palyka in: tendencije 4, exhib. cat., Galerija suvremene umjetnosti, Zagreb, 1970, n. p.]

Source: [Rosen, 2011]

Created 1968 in Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
Artwork Type: video, comp-gentd.
Material: 

video, b/w, computer-generated

16mm film
6 min

palyka1_t4_69

Photo contact sheets of selected frames from a 16mm film

palyka2_t4_69

Photo contact sheets of selected frames from a 16mm film

palyka3_t4_69

Photo contact sheets of selected frames from a 16mm film