Happy Birthday Viking Eggeling!! From Sweden, Viking Eggeling was born in 1880, his father ran a music shop. He was an artist and an experimental filmmaker. As an orphan, he studied art in Germany, Italy, and France before finally going to Switzerland where he met Hans Richter, became associated with the Dada movement, and began to collaborate on filmmaking. Sadly, Eggeling died prematurely, at age 45, of heart failure. The image included is from his film, Diagonal-Symphonie, 1923.