Neo-Archetypes & Hyper-Unrealism

Large egg sprouting tentacles in front H.A.L.

NDS01 Nude Descending Staircase

In the first volume of the Nude Descending Staircase saga, a large egg inside a plastic womb sprouts tentacles. One of the tentacles crawls into a fallopian tube, exiting a bellybutton in a misty forest occupied by ladybugs. The tentacle gives birth to a little girl. Accompanied by a ladybug she walks towards a lake where she mounts the ladybug and flies away.

The ladybug leaves the girl on top of a concrete tower with inner and outer stairs. The now teenage girl descends the inner staircase. At the bottom gravity rotates 180 degrees and she descends the outer staircase onto a mirror-surfaced plateau. The girl, now an adult, takes an elevator down to a subway station. A chrome Thomas-the-Tank-Engine takes her to the end of a white-tiled world, where a giant boy picks up the train and throws it away.

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Young naked girl climbing out of a flower pod

Young girl walking down a spiral staircase

Young girl walking down a spiral concrete staircase

Chrome Thomas the Train in a train underground tunnel with rainbow ceiling

Nude girl standing in an empty NY MTA cabin

Chrome Thomas the Train flying in a rainbow sky

The story behind NDS01 Nude Descending Staircase

In art there are numerous recurring themes that have become neo-archetypes. One of the most intriguing is the Nude Descending Staircase.
In 1912, inspired by Eadweard Muybridge’s photographic motion studies, Marcel Duchamp created “Nude Descending a Staircase No. 2”.
On a weekly basis, from 2008 till the end of 2012, Faiyaz Jafri published images for NDS, a graphic novel inspired by Duchamp’s piece, incorporating other neo-archetypes.
This book is the first one in a series of 13 volumes of the NDS saga.

*neo-archetypes are archetypes that don’t take a generation to form, but occur due to accessibility of unlimited data.

NDS01 Nude Descending Staircase
A graphic novel by Faiyaz Jafri
Published: March 9, 2014
Pages: 111
Size: 59.6 MB

The cover of NDS01, with a large egg sprouting tentacles in front H.A.L.

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