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An eerie journey through the imagined origins of life.


Len Lye’s 1929 experimental animation, a work of avant-garde cinema, takes viewers on a mesmerizing journey through the imagined origins of life on Earth. Crafted almost a century ago, this black-and-white masterpiece unfolds as an eerie and slightly eccentric exploration of science, nature, and the evolutionary process. Lye’s simplistic animation, devoid of dialogue, remains a testament to his visionary creativity, as he envisions the evolution of single-cell creatures into more complex forms of life.

Accompanied by an original soundtrack by Jack Ellit and Florian Goltz’s additional musical accompaniment, the film weaves a narrative through its evocative imagery and storytelling prowess. The absence of dialogue enhances the film’s universality, allowing it to transcend language and communicate with audiences on a visual and emotional level.

Though the animation may appear rudimentary by today’s standards, its experimental nature and conceptualization of life’s beginnings make it a timeless piece of cinematic art. Lye’s avant-garde vision, complemented by Goltz’s musical reinterpretation, ensures that this silent journey into the genesis of existence remains an enduring and evocative work in the history of animation.

Tusalava Short Experimental Film


Runtime: 10 min

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