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This work consists of a set of eight vector graphics animations exploring phasing loops, intended to be displayed on televisions and monitors, for home use or exhibition in art galleries as Generative Cinema installations. By combining animated loops with different durations it is possible to generate complex images created by simpler basic elements through a phasing effect. After the first loop, the animation gradually desynchronizes. The different combinations resulting from the layering of desynchronized loops generate image variation until the loops return to unison and restart the cycle. The duration of the phasing cycles of six of the eight pieces reach orders of magnitude over 10^19 frames, which, at a rate of 24 frames per second, is equivalent to the estimated age of the universe (14 billion years). The imagery of the resulting pieces is based on research on properties and structural elements of analog and digital electronic media. This work combines different elements that are present in works from avant-garde movements such as Structural Film, the graphic aspect from Absolute Film, John Cage’s and Andy Warhol’s approaches to the element of time (duration), and the explorations by video artist Nam-June Paik. The generative aspect of this work references minimalist composers and visual artist and composer Brian Eno. This thesis documents the research with analog and digital technologies, and the development of this installation.
Guinski, Rodrigo 1980- (2012). Phasing Loops. Master's thesis, Texas A&M University. Available electronically from