A music video to accompany the release of “Tessellate” was first released on YouTube on 9 July 2012 at a total length of three minutes and eight seconds. 

Switching the philosophers, poets, and theologians that embodied the essence of the High Renaissance depicted in artist ,Raphael’sThe School of Athens with modern hustlers and gangsters, Alex Southam has created an aesthetically pleasing and entertaining video combined with the ‘folk-step’ mesmerizing music of Alt-J in the video for “Tessellate.”

“The movement of the camera amongst the inner city characters in setting of the true classical architecture depicted in the original painting (commissioned for the Apostolic Palace of the Vatican) makes it difficult to turn away from.  I looked back at Raphael’s work and attempted to place the characters in the video with the proposed thinkers and artists in the painting to no real avail, but, I did imagine the smoke blowing lip-syncer of the word ‘tessellate’ to be Parmenides, who argued of the mistaken reality of our everyday perceptions.  His view being that the actual reality is of the world being one unchanging, unending whole, not one of individual selection.  Combined with the definition of ‘tessellate’ meaning to form a checkered or mosaic pattern, it just worked for me.  Since the members of Alt-J are all english lit and fine art majors, I felt the duty of some minor analysis.” via mitng.


“Tessellate” is a song by British alternative indie pop quartet Alt-J (∆) from their debut studio album An Awesome Wave (2012). The song was released on 13 July 2012 as the album’s third single. The song was written by Joe Newman, Gus Unger-Hamilton, Gwilym Sainsbury, Thom Green and produced by Charlie Andrew.

alt-J – Tessellate

Artist: alt-J
Alex Southam
July 2012
Green screen and editing of various screen compositions
What's Cool:
New Modern School of Athens
Posted by
April 14th, 2013

Next Post | Previous Post

Tags: , , , ,