Stan VanDerBeek
1927 – 1984

VanDerBeek, a pioneer of expanded cinema, studied art and architecture at Cooper Union and Black Mountain College, where he received an intermedial education at the hands of Buckminster Fuller, John Cage, and Merce Cunningham. VanDerBeek began making experimental films in the fifties, and, between 1964 and 1967, he collaborated with Bell Labs computer programmer and artist Ken Knowlton on a series of eight computer-generated films using Knowlton’s BELFLIX (“Bell Flicks”) programming language. BELFLIX was written in Fortran and produced punch …

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