Cosmic Alchemy, a film by Lawrence Jordan


More alchemical collage animation, this time by one of the earliest practitioners of the form. Lawrence Jordan has been creating collage films since the 1950s, and is still doing so today. Cosmic Alchemy which dates from 2010, is a 24-minute piece that immediately attracted my attention for its use of cosmological charts and other maps of the heavens. The alchemy here is more astronomical (or astrological) than chemical, exploring a cosmos where the celestial spheres are populated by a variety of orbs and glittering stars, together with familiar figures from the Dover Publications Pictorial Archive. The droning soundtrack is by John Davis. There are more collaborations between Jordan and Davis at Davis’s Vimeo page.


Previously on { feuilleton }
Edge of Alchemy, a film by Stacey Steers
Still Life, a film by Connor Griffith
Hamfat Asar, a film by Lawrence Jordan
Carabosse, a film by Lawrence Jordan
Labirynt by Jan Lenica
Heaven and Earth Magic by Harry Smith