Animation II, 1974,(2 minute excerpt)

Animation II


color, 25 min. sound


Animation II, taped at Computer Image in Denver, Colorado, was made electronically on a computer named 'Caesar' that animates predominantly cartoons and type. Sonnier's tape explores the possibilities of the computer set-up: the computer frame is divided into seven parts with an input for each one, each with an axis that can be rotated and each having an independent track. Any number of these sections can be eliminated, and they can all be sectioned, superimposed, or twisted topologically. Sonnier has used all seven tracks in his animation, the limits of the information determining the parameters of what is referred to as the 'art work' by the computer technicians. The section of the configuration are listed and keyed in by number. Separate images include textures, colored bars , grids, and the radar-like face of the computer. The soundtrack is the dialogue between Sonnier and the technicians; he directs them in the manipulation of elements, sometimes requesting 'stop and playback' or a view of the total 'artwork.' There are no predetermined sequences for these animation-moves that are chosen extemporaneously. While the narration occurs in ordinary video time the use of the computer involves a different kind of time. Instead of a continuum, it is possible for the computer to animate and store information which can be recalled and placed where desired, as if this data existed on loops. This is unlike ordinary tape editing for it implies longer stretches of time than one experiences in watching the actual tape.