total immersion


1984,  3 minutes 30 seconds
16mm, music by Lyell Cresswell

Invocation originated as a sequence within the documentary Orpheus Through the Ages made by Pelicula Films to accompany Orpheus and Eurydice. It was designed to illustrate the Ancient Greek myth of the Creation of the world.

It was shot on 16mm and subsequently enlarged onto 35mm for festival screenings. The techniques employed were a test run for those which ultimately were used within Ra; the Path of the Sun God.

'In the beginning were two serpents, Time and Necessity. Time produced aither, bright shining air. In the bright air Time made a silvery egg. He coiled himself round it and squeezed it till it broke. Out of it came Phanes, the first god of creation, also known as Eros. Both male and female, Phanes gave birth to the goddess Night. In union with night he generated Heaven and Earth. The children of Heaven and Earth, the Titans. Heaven was an oppressive father. He kept his children in confinement because of a prophecy that he would be overthrown by them. 

But the youngest Titan, Chronos, led his brothers in an attack on their father, castrated him and put an end to his domination. Chronos married his sister Rhea. He too was afraid of his children and he swallowed them as they were born. But the youngest, Zeus, was concealed from Chronos who was given a stone to swallow instead. This caused him to regurgitate all the children. Zeus invoked Phanes and swallowed him, thus absorbing and recreating the world. 

He mated with the goddess Demeter. She tried to avoid him by turning into a snake but he also turned into a snake. She gave birth to Persephone and she bore Dionysus. Zeus made Dionysus King of the Gods in his place. Dionysus, distracted by his own image, was attacked, torn to bits and eaten by the Titans. But his heart remained and Zeus was able to restore Dionysus to life. Zeus then destroyed the Titans with a thunderbolt. From the smoke emerged Mankind, a foolish race, whose nature is part brutal from the Titans, part spiritual from Dionysus.'