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'Heart of Darkness' Gets an Animated Update on Instagram

Animator Sascha Ciezata transforms Joseph Conrad's classic tale into a social media-based graphic novel.

by Sami Emory
20 February 2015, 9:45pm

Heart of Darkness Official Trailer from Sascha Ciezata on Vimeo.

From the Instagram account of animator Sascha Ciezata comes a modern reimagining of the Joseph Conrad classic, Heart of Darkness. Every night, Ciezata posts a 15-second chapter of his social media-based graphic novel using Instagram video, that follows the antics of Marley, his daring rodent cartographer modeled after Conrad’s protagonist, Charles Marlow.

The series takes place amid the stormy saga that was Hurricane Sandy, throwing little Marley into the murky mayhem beneath the city’s abandoned streets. Mirroring the frame of Conrad’s story, he sets out through the snaking river of flooded subway tunnels on behalf of the New York City Trade Company to seek out the mysterious Rat King, Kurtz.

The quasi-realism of Ciezata’s adaptation is augmented with the multimedia style of his series. In each episode, the animation is complemented with real photographic imagery of New York and set to a recording of Union Square's famous drummers. Start following Marley’s adventurous tail down into the dark heart of New York City with the clips below, and look out for new installments of Ciezata’s Heart of Darkness every day at 7pm PST/10pm EST on the DarkHeartNYC Instagram:

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