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Our Projects

iota often focuses its efforts on the work of specific artists and scholars where our individual programs --- research, preservation, publication, exhibition and distribution --- come together to support a single project

The William Moritz Project
In 1997, iota embarked on a special project. Facing an imminent move from a spacious home to a cramped apartment placed Moritz in the difficult position of being forced to put his extensive library into storage. Such a move would have made it difficult, if not impossible to continue his writing projects, especially his personal quest to complete the definitive biography of Oskar Fischinger and his life-long study of the entire art form, The Dream of Color Music.

To prevent this from happening, iota offered to house his library, preserving it as a study center for Moritz and the public. Welcoming the opportunity to continue his work without the burden of maintaining a library, Moritz donated his entire collection to iota. With that, iota began the task of sorting, organizing, cataloging and eventually moving thousands of books, articles, videotapes and films. Finally after almost a year of concentrated effort, the Study Center opened for students and scholars, and Moritz was again able to pursue his lifelong mission to document and record the expansive history and aesthetics of Visual Music.

Jules Engel, 1947

The Jules Engel Project
Jules Engel, beloved educator who founded and directed the Experimental Animation program at The California Institute of the Arts, was also a major figure in the field of abstract animation. Before his death, in 2003, Engel left all his film materials to iota for preservation and future distribution. Currently in the works is a biography and documentary by Janeann Dill.

Adam Beckett

The Adam Beckett Project
Adam Beckett studied animation and optical printing at Calarts in its earliest days in the 70s. As head of the rotoscope department at Industrial Light and Magic he was part of the team that created the breathtaking special effects of the original "Star Wars." Tragically, Adam died in a fire at the young age of 29, however, in the short period between 1970 and 1975, Beckett created seven animated films, all of which have been cited as influential and groundbreaking. The iotaCenter has teamed with The Academy Film Archive and research scholar Pamela Turner to preserve Beckett's animation and to create a written document of his life and work.

Light is the artist's sole medium of expression. He must mold it by optical means, almost as a sculptor models clay. He must add colour, and finally motion to his creation. Motion, the time dimension, demands that he must be a choreographer in space.
-Thomas Wilfred
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