The Heartbeat of the Anubis (Der Herzschlag des Anubis)

in cooperation with Bettina Gruber
1988
4:57 min.
music: Bettina Gruber, Igor Tillmann, Uwe Wiesemann,
Gerhard Zilligen

The Heartbeat of the Anubis
Model reconstruction of an inland lake rowing boat
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The Anubis - Charon Tableau
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The storytelling light
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Flicki
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The Cerberus - Tableau
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The black Shadow
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The honking man
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The Isis - und Osiris - Tableau
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The wind under the wings
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Pencil sharpener, wire and paper
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The Horus - Tableau
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The circling night
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In the religion of ancient Egypt, Anubis is the god of the dead. This figure with the head of a dog or a jackal led the souls of the departed towards the west over the waters in the underworld.
In a boustrophedonic choral dance, this image alternates with the décor of the world of Horus, the falcon whose eyes are the sun and the moon and whose wing tips touch the earth.
Rocking back and forth in a mythology of life and death we are confronted by two modern, parallel-conceived scenes. The breath of a reclining man activates a tooter with two feathers, a rhythmic musical ode to the ka, the winging pneuma, the soul ascending to its destination.
In an other scene, this theme is brought to life with a metaphor from nature: after a successful chase, a hunting leopard claims the life of an antelope.