John Whitney: Arabesque (1975)

June 25, 2007

John Whitney (1917 – 1995) was the father of computer animation and was a UCLA professor as well. He was perhaps best known for the psychedlic galactic travelling scenes in 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY.

Whitney was an important artist and deserves to be better known. I looked at a website that celebrates him, sponsored by Siggraph, but it is badly in need of updating. We have a laser disc (remember those?) of his work, but have been unable to play it. I found this excerpt on YouTube but is, sadly, of poor quality. (I just checked to see whether the laser disc has been re-released but it appears to not have happened.)

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