This selection of films is a cinematic meditation of light and shadow in memory and celebration of long-time Exploratorium Artist Bob Miller.
Frame (1990, 3 min.), by Lew Alquist, observes patterns of reflected and projected light on the surface of an outdoor movie screen over the course of 24 hours.
Lake Orion (2001, 5 min.), by Michael Walsh, captures memories of summer swimming and picnicking with family by a lake.
Laszlo Moholy-Nagy used the Light Prop, one of his installations, to create what is perhaps his most famous film, Lightplay: Black-White-Grey (1932, 6 min.). The film follows the Light Prop’s movement in close-up, resulting in an abstract interplay of reflective surfaces, beams of light, and dramatic shadows. Moholy-Nagy likened the film to a ‘moving painting,’ much like Bob Miller’s Sun Painting, an installation at the Exploratorium.
Free Radicals (1958, 5 min.), by renowned experimental animator Len Lye, was made by scratching patterns into black film stock, capturing the rhythms of moving light and the illusion of three-dimensional space.
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