Bódy, Gábor: De occulta philosophia, 1983. Video
A so-called philo-clip, based on Agrippa von Nettesheim’s book, made in collaboration with Llurex (Egon Bunne) and Volkmar Hein.
This clip-genre is one of Bódy’s innovations. As he said, if Tisza shoes can be advertised, why not make a publicity clip for human dignity, honour or creativity. Therefore, he created lyrics, mytho- and philo-clips based on a poem by Novalis, the myth of Euryminé and von Nettesheim’s book.
Agrippa von Nettesheim was a famous alchemist and doctor in the Middle Ages. The Three Books Concerning Occult Philosophy, his masterwork, presented the hermetic-magic tradition which concerns the power of numbers, relations between letters, numbers and gods, the magical aspects of Greek, Roman, and Hebrew letters, and the correlation between planets and numbers.
Bódy observed (most probably with the help of Bunne), that the time code—handling frames and sound—allows the artist to use a pre-programmed order to compile image and sound simultaneously, so editing can be done based on a previously determined structure, while the result cannot be visually foreseen.
Bódy’s starting point was a diagram of seven magical squares in the third volume of the book. The Kabbalistic squares, identified as the archetype of knowledge, and superimposed ratio-figures of Dürer and Leonardo, provided the graphic base of the clip. The sequences appearing on the diagram were previously fixed on the time code. Bódy called this method “aleatoric editing”, where the logic of the process is determined by random mechanisms.
A green laser light on a dark background, sometimes disclosed by shadowy figures, and diagrams from the book with blue contour appear in the clip in an order determined by the sequence. They are placed on top of the fabric of electronically generated music.The clip was created in the DFFB studio with an analogue video editor and an attached computer. A shorter, and later, a longer version was made. There is also a version based on the interpretation of LLurex, and a version adopted to an issue of the Infermental video-magazine. Two of these versions are available in the C³ archive.
- Beöthy, Balázs