Tusalava (1929)

I saw this animation while browsing for inspiration.

Tusalava was the the first film that Len Lye made post-move to London. The piece is a surreal animation with abstract forms that allude to life (so I’m told by the internet). 

The wriggly forms twist and grow and collapse in frenzied motion. Despite the lower frame-rate (4000+ hand-drawn frames for 9 minutes) and dramatic changes in shape, he successfully illustrates continuity in the objects between scenes.

I could not ascertain much literal meaning from the film – perhaps I lack the cultural context to guess or understand it. But it imparts a vivid sense of organic growth and the hubbub of living that fascinates the viewer.

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