"This is what almost four billion years of human evolution looks like when it’s condensed down to ten seconds, thanks to the fine folks behind the original Cosmos.
From self-replicating bags of chemistry to billions of bacteria to crude multicellular blobs to tiny swimming monsters to clumsily creeping fish to fuzzy proto-mammals to weird, naked, two-legged apes … every cosmic blink holds a beautiful story.
If you’d like to retrace your steps along the path of time that ends with you, I recommend this awesome Wikipedia page.” jtotheizzoe
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Satellite Landscapes Jenny Odell
Exposure timing sheet used by Conrad in making The Flicker. (Photo by Robert Adler).
The Flicker (1965) by Tony Conrad is a classic among modern experimental films. In this abstract work, Conrad created a new filmic condition by modulating the fundamental energy source of the cinema, projected light. By alternating solid black frames with solid white frames, in various patterns, he reduced the process of animation to a mental-perceptual plan and explored esthetic possibilities of rhythmic stroboscopic effects.
The subject of The Flicker, unlike other forms of animation, is not a graphically made configuration or moving image, but the dramatic intensity of pure intermittent light itself.