Video: 1923 AKA Heaven

The French artist Augustin Lesage was an avatar of French movement known as art brut—a scene like outsider art, but with a spiritual and shamanic overlay—the old, weird Europe, to paraphrase Greil Marcus. Lesage, a former miner whose worked was celebrated by Andre Breton and the surrealists, painted vast, intricately patterned canvases that call to mind visions, trance states, the Egyptian Book of the Dead—anything but technology as we think of it. But technology is older than the computer, older than electricity. And as animator Max Hattler’s film inspired by Lesage’s 1923 painting A Symbolic Composition of the Spiritual World shows, the strobing, massing, fluorescent patterns of technological imagery—calling to mind both the neon aesthetic of Tron and the glowering industrial edifices of Fritz Lang’s 1927 film Metropolis—have something visionary in them as well.

[1923 aka Heaven (by Max Hattler) from Max Hattler on Vimeo.]

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