Stan VanDerBeek – Visibles (series)

Visibles (series) by Stan VanDerBeek
1959-1971, 77 min, color and b&w, sound

Science Friction, 1959, 10min
À la mode, 1959, 7min
Breathdeath, 1963, 15min
Poemfield n°2, 1971, 6min
Achoo Mr Kerrooschevv, 1960, 2min
See Saw Seams, 1965, 9min
Panels for the Walls of the World, 1967, 8min
Oh, 1968, 10min
Symmetricks, 1971, 6min

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VanDerBeek was a visionary well before his time. His early collage animation was created in the spirit of the Surrealist and Dadaist work of Max Ernst, but with a wild, rough informality more akin to the expressionism of the Beat Generation. (Monty Python animator Terry Gilliam quotes VanDerBeek as being one of his earliest sources of inspiration). His utopian experiments in expanded cinema included building a dome theatre with dozens of projectors and creating computer animated films and holographic experiments with Bell Labs. In the 1970s he designed global fax murals, steam projections, and interactive television programs.


Vanderbeek fut un visionnaire précoce, depuis ses premiers collages animés, créés dans l’esprit surréaliste et dadaïste de Max Ernst, mais avec une simplicité sauvage et brute plus proche de l’expressionnisme de la Beat Generation (Terry Gilliam de Monty Python cite Vanderbeek comme l’une de ses premières sources d’inspiration). Ses expériences utopiques du cinéma élargi, (construction d’un théâtre hémisphérique avec des dizaines de projecteurs, films d’animation par ordinateur, expériences holographiques) le menèrent à concevoir des fresques mondiales par fax, des projections sur de la vapeur et des émissions de télévision interactive.

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DISCLAIMER: These films are available in SD video only, originating from SD telecinema, the same source was used for our DVD edition. The animation cinema of Stan VanDerBeek consists of particularly difficult elements to encode digitally. Re:Voir is aiming to find the best video solutions for our expanding VOD catalogue, however, for the time being, this is the best existing copy of VanDerBeek’s films.