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iota's Research Program is two fold: First, to provide the resources necessary for academic inquiry in the form of our study center and online publications. Second, to encourage and support the work of individual scholars engaged in special projects.

Library and Study Center

Building on the extraordinary collection of Dr. William Moritz and The Creative Film Society, iota has assembled an extensive media collection uniquely focused on abstraction in film, video, performance and installation art. Along with the collection there is a small Screening Room equipped with a full HD projector donated by Epson. The video library collection and screening room, housed at iota's headquarters in Culver City, CA, is available for study by scholars, students and the general public by appointment.
Please contact us to schedule a visit.
To set up an appointment, please email:

Here's what some of our recent visitors had to say about their visit to the library:

“The iotaCenter was a fantastic look into the history and evolution of Visual Music. We were introduced to a range of concepts that helped us to better understand the discipline, and organize an enriching experience for 2009 SIGGRAPH attendees coming to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in August.” -- Joshua Grow, SIGGRAPH Visual Music Day coordinator

"Quite simply the best experience I've ever had at an archive." -- Andrew Johnston, PhD student in Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago

Research Support

In 1997 iota began working with Dr. William Moritz providing the necessary support that enabled him to pursue his lifelong mission to document and record the expansive history and aesthetics of Visual Music. Over the years his quest yielded a series of articles and lectures culminating in 2004 with the publication of “Optical Poetry,” the definitive biography of Oskar Fischinger.

iota's current support includes:

A biography and documentary by Janeann Dill profiling educator and artist Jules Engel.

Research by Pam Turner into the life and art of Adam Beckett, one of Jules’ students whose groundbreaking work in the 1970’s is still influencing filmmakers today.

The emphasis then is on the development of a visual dynamic language, independent of literature and theatrical traditions, demonstrating that pure graphic choreography is capable of its own wordless truth.
-Jules Engel
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