A month back I went to the Len Lye exhibition at The Drawing Center and it left quite the impression. Len Lye is known to be one of the forefathers of experimental film. He grew up in New Zealand, and moved to New York City in 1944. However, he had already begun creating his "motion sketches" in 1920 using a direct film making technique. He would scratch, draw and manipulate the film directly to achieve this stunning effect. I was blown away by how colorful and modern the work is. I seriously did a double take when I read the dates on the wall.
If you'd like to learn more about Lye, you can actually read the entire publication from The Drawing Center online here.