Peter Kubelka: The Essence of Cinema

Date: 11 October 2012 | Season: London Film Festival 2012 | Tags: ,

Thursday 11 October 2012, at 6pm
London ICA Cinema 1

The seven films made by Peter Kubelka between 1955 and 2003 are an extraordinary demonstration of cinematic possibilities. In the ‘metric’ films Adebar, Schwechater and Arnulf Rainer, each individual element is precisely placed in relation to each other and the whole, resulting in a rhythmic viewing experience that articulates his assertion that ‘film is not movement’. The ‘metaphoric’ works Mosaik im Vertrauen, Unsere Afrikareise, Pause! and Dichtung und Wahrheit explore ways in which meaning can be constructed by the juxtaposition of images and sound. Astounding at first sight, our understanding of these films deepens with repeated viewings.

‘Kubelka’s cinema is like a piece of crystal, or some other object of nature: It doesn’t look like it was produced by man; one could easily conceive that it was picked up from among the organic treasures of nature.’ (Jonas Mekas)

Peter Kubelka, Mosaik im Vertrauen, 1955, 17 min
Peter Kubelka, Adebar, Austria, 1957, 2 min
Peter Kubelka, Schwechater, Austria, 1958, 1 min
Peter Kubelka, Arnulf Rainer, Austria, 1960, 6 min
Peter Kubelka, Unsere Afrikareise, Austria, 1966, 13 min
Peter Kubelka, Pause!, Austria, 1977, 12 min
Peter Kubelka, Dichtung und Wahrheit, Austria, 2003, 13 min

Peter Kubelka will present his new work Monument Film at BFI Southbank on Sunday 21 October at 2pm. The Monument Film installation is on display at BFI Southbank for the duration of the Festival. Martina Kudlácek’s documentary Fragments of Kubelka screens at the ICA on Saturday 13 October at 1pm.