Impression – Anthology – Visual Response

From the moment I started reading the text I was given I started getting ideas about the kind of imagery I could create.

Being an essay that looks at The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rainer Maria Rilke it is very visually stimulating. It is seen as a key piece of existentialist literature, that would go on to greatly influence Sartre.

I have been currently reading David Zane Mairowitz & Robert Crumb’s Franz Kafka book, which explores Kafka’s entire life through narration and vivid grotty Crumb illustrations. I automatically thought of this as I read through the essay, and started to think about how I could try and create something similar aesthetically. Drawing on Malte’s disgust of urban Paris in the 1900s. Dark black and white detailed illustrations that capture these grotesque nightmarish scenes that haunt Malte’s mind.

Placed alongside the text, I could create a small booklet, maybe concertina, maybe riso printed or even lino cut for the illustrations.

Or some kind of zoetrope that documents one or two of the scenes through animated illustrations. This way making a nod to the technology at the time that it was set.

Anyway, i’m going to attend a lecture on The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rainer Maria Rilke so will get more inspiration then.

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