Symphonie Diagonale

Symphonie Diagonale
Diagonal Symphony
'Viking' Eggeling
8'00'' drawing colour
1923-24 | Germany
Punto y Raya Festival 2007


As Standish Ladwer commented, this piece's emphasis is on objectively analyzed movement rather than expressiveness on the lines with clearly defined movements, controlled by a mechanical, almost metronomic tempo.

Spanish composer and producer Raúl Santos [a.k.a. Supercinexcene] has composed the soundtrack especially for this retrospective screening.

'Viking' Eggeling
'Viking' Eggeling

1880 | Lund, Sweden  / +1925 Germany

"Viking" Eggeling emigrated to Germany at the age of 17, where he became a bookkeeper and studied art history as well as painting. From 1911 to 1915 he lived in Paris an then moved to Zurich, where he became associated with the Dada movement.
By the end of the Great War he moved to Germany with Hans Richter; together they explored the depiction of movement, first in scroll drawings and then on film.
In 1922 Eggeling bought a motion picture camera and, working without Richter, sought to create a new kind of cinema. That is how he came up with his classic "Symphonie Diagonale" in 1923.
He died in 1925 in Berlin.