The Bead Game by Ishu Patel / "Notions of a particular trajectory of instinct manifested in visual art"



Evolutionary in thrust, "The Bead Game" is a 1977 animated short film by Ishu Patel, who arranged beads into the shapes of real and mythical creatures that absorb and devour one another. To a percussive bass-line, a succession of more complex (as in multi-cellular) animals form and are consumed by their successors (all formed from beads). Finally, we arrive at the human, who develops supposedly more sophisticated forms of war but learns nothing. I'm equally captivated by the intricacy of the stop-motion animation as I am to see notions of a particular trajectory of instinct manifested in visual art form. It makes the endgame, and thankfully the alternatives, clear as day. Ishu Patel, 1977, 5 min 35 seconds