Werner Herzog: Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Cave of Forgotten Dreams is Werner Herzog’s 2010 documentary about the Chauvet Cave in southern France, where in the mid-1990’s pristine examples of Paleolithic art were discovered on the cave walls. Studies suggest the art was created well over 30,000 years ago. The images are incredible and, to quote Cormac McCarthy, they “hum with mystery”. For an artist like myself, they’re a deep source of inspiration, as well as a sobering reminder of the transiency of all our efforts today. No-one in 30,000 years time is going to be able to peruse an Instagram gallery. As Herzog himself warns: “beware the internet.”

Watch the documentary here.

My 2014 drawing of Werner Herzog:



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