Pixillation (1970)


Pixillation was one of the first collaborations between Lillian Schwartz and Ken Knowlton during their stint at Bell Labs using Knowlton’s self written computer animation language EXPLOR. Made in 1970 this 4 minute film crams in a spectacular amount of visual information, cutting from geometric sequences reminiscent of Cellular Automata to analogue sequences of organic forms – immersions of liquids and oils so favoured by the West Coast light show fanatacists around the same time.

Directors: Lillian Schwartz, Ken Knowlton.
Composer: Gershon Kingsley.

WARNING: This video may potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion is advised.


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  1. Angiportus Librarysaver
    December 23, 2022

    Quite a story, whatever it was! But you might want to include a warning that the strobey bits could be disturbing to some.

    • Jon W.
      December 23, 2022

      You’re right, thank you, I added an epilepsy warning.

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