Intermedia Art

New Media, Sound and Performance

Stan VanDerBeek    

A pioneer in the development of experimental film and live-action animation techniques, American avant-garde cinema. An advocate of the application of a utopian fusion of art and technology, he began making films in 1955. In the 1960s, he produced theatrical, multimedia pieces and computer animation, often working in collaboration with Bell Telephone Laboratories. In the 1970s, he constructed a "Movie Drome" in Stony Point, New York, which was an audiovisual laboratory for the projection of film, dance, magic theater, sound and other visual effects. His multimedia experiments included movie murals, projection systems, planetarium events and the exploration of early computer graphics and image-processing systems.

VanDerBeek was also intimately involved with the artists and art movements of his time; he filmed Happenings and merged dance with films and videos. VanDerBeek was a preeminent thinker, scientist, artist, and inventor who forged new links between art, technology, perception, and humankind.

Biography sourced from Electronic Arts Intermix

VanDerBeek Films

Four animated films by Stan VanDerBeek exploring collage, assemblage and cut-up: A La Mode 1957, Science Friction 1959, Breathdeath 1964 and Poemfield #2 1966