In 1963, Tambellini began using actual darkness and light as his materials. To create what he called “lumagrams” (from the Latin words for “light” and “writing”), he scratched, burnt, and painted black spirals and other abstract forms on discarded 35mm slides, which he then projected in dark rooms and even on the side of a building at night. As suggested by the titles that he gave them, such as Fire and Ice and Moondial, these dramatic images evoke both primordial and futuristic landscapes. Shortly thereafter, Tambellini began organizing live “electromedia” events that combined his projected slides with music, poetry, dance, kinetic sculptures, and television and video technologies; more recently, he has used digital scans of his slides to create both static projections and slideshows.
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