Lillian Schwartz is a pioneer in the field of computer animation. In the early 1970s, she became the official artist in residence at AT&T Bell Laboratories, IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Laboratory and at Lucent Technologies Bell Labs Innovations where she would experiment with early computer graphics programs to create short works of film art.
After studying traditional free-hand drawing while a nursing student at the University of Cincinnati, Schwartz became interested in incorporating technology into her artwork. Along with computer scientist Ken Knowlton, she helped create the image-generating programming language EXPLOR, with which she created many of her works in the mid to late '70s.
In addition to her animation, Schwartz has also done research in the field of using computers to analyze the working methods of traditional artists such as Picasso, Matisse and Da Vinci by amassing large databases of their color palettes and structures within their art.
You can learn more about this filmmaker at her official website.
Watch Streaming Films By Lillian Schwartz:
The Hidden Mona Lisa (1986/2003)
MOMA PSA (1984)
Ensemble #1 (1977)
Juggler & Dancer 2 (1977)
Mime Control (1977)
Trois Visage (1977)
Vail of Years (1977)
2015 Ann Arbor Film Festival: Official Lineup
The Ann Arbor Film Festival celebrates its 53rd edition on March 24-29 with a colossal selection of experimental films by Ben Russell, Jennifer Reeder and loads more.
2012 Ann Arbor Film Festival: Official Lineup
The 50th anniversary of the Ann Arbor Film Festival includes a major retrospective of Bruce Baillie, a Craig Baldwin lecture, and tons of films by George Kuchar, Jodie Mack and more.
Experimental Short Film: Papillons
Colors flow and glide across the screen in Lillian Schwartz’s classic experimental short film Papillons, produced in 1973. The film is both of its decade and timeless.
2011 Avant-Garde Masters Grants Announced
National Film Preservation Foundation and Film Foundation have awarded $50,000 in grants to preserve works by Lillian Schwartz and others.
2011 Plastic Paper: Official Lineup
The 2nd annual Paper Plastic features Ralph Bakshi’s American Pop, Brent Green’s Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then and more great animation.