Tusalava (silent)

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This animation was strongly influenced by Aboriginal Australian and Pacific art styles, and features a figure based on a witchetty grub. Simple life forms evolve in tandem, becoming more complex and more conflicted until their eventual destruction. ‘Tusalava’ is a Samoan word that suggests things going full circle, living out a lifespan.

Other versions of this film exist with composed and improvised soundtracks, as detailed by Paul Brobbel (Len Lye Curator at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre)

Catalogue Reference F1861

Year 1929

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