March 10, 2015
A white haired mermaid appears in laboratory beaker on an electric heater. With her laser eyes she cuts a hole in the beaker and escapes, falling down a filing cabinet. A handle on one of the drawers breaks her fall, and she breaks in half. The top part of the mermaid sprouts tentacles at the cut and bore them selves into the floor. The tentacles grow inside what appears to be mammary glands.
We zoom out from a close-up of a nipple. A nude girl descends a staircase made of pillars on a white circular island in a black ocean. As she stands at the edge of the island she gets eaten whole by a large yellow orb with teeth. The orb disappears into the black ocean.
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 tenth 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.
NDS10 Nude Descending Staircase
A graphic novel by Faiyaz Jafri
Published: March 27, 2014
Size: 43.0 MB
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