Watch This Beautiful 1929 Avant-Garde Artistic Vision of How Life Originated

Created by Len Lye, this excellent animation named 'Tusalava' is something to behold.

The fascinating avant-garde animation created in 1929 by New Zealand kinetic artist and filmmaker, Len Lye, is a splendor to behold. All in black and white, it draws on Lye's vision of how life forms began on Earth.

The 10-minute-long film moves seamlessly between different single-cell creatures that evolve into their more complex forms. As in evolution, conflict can arise and in the animation, you observe two species who fight for supremacy. 

Named Tusalava, after the Samoan word that means all things go full circle, Lye's film plays on numerous South Pacific island themes. 

Harking from New Zealand himself, Lye used his inspiration from the region and in this particular film, he created forms based on ancient Aboriginal art from Australia. 

Tusalava has been described by art critics as "modernist primitivism," and unique in its nature. The Len Lye Foundation described Lye's film as being "in contrast to the Cubist painters" (who were influenced by African art). Lye drew upon traditions of indigenous art from his own region of the world — New Zealand, Australia, and Samoa.


This avant-garde animation is a perfect example of how art and science can blend beautifully together to form a moving and inspirational piece.

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