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Fragments of Kubelka

In this extended portrait, Peter Kubelka speaks at length about his life, work and interests, showing that his cinematic works are only one aspect of his dynamic personality.

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Fragments of Kubelka

  • Director Martina Kudláček
  • With Peter Kubelka, Jonas Mekas, Arnulf Rainer
  • Austria 2012
  • 232 mins plus interval
  • UK sales Sixpackfilm

In this extended portrait, Peter Kubelka speaks at length about his life, work and interests, drawing on a vast range of knowledge and experience. Active as a filmmaker since the 1950s, Kubelka’s acclaimed cinematic works are only one aspect of his dynamic personality. In his legendary public lectures, he holds forth on a variety of disciplines including film, music, archaeology and cooking. He has also played an important institutional role in establishing the Austrian Film Museum, and as co-founder of Anthology Film Archives, for whom he designed an ideal viewing theatre known as the Invisible Cinema. Martina Kudláček (known for previous documentaries on Maya Deren and Marie Menken) immersed herself in Kubelka’s world for several years, researching historical footage, recording lectures, and perhaps most importantly, filming him at home surrounded by his eclectic collection of anthropological objects. In these precious sequences, Fragments of Kubelka provides extraordinary insight in conveying his philosophy on life and art.

Mark Webber

Monument Film Installation

Kubelka first presented film as a three-dimensional sculptural object in 1958. As an integral part of his new work Monument Film, the celluloid filmstrips of Arnulf Rainer (1960) and Antiphon (2012) will be exhibited on the walls of the Atrium at BFI Southbank, making manifest the relationship between space, time, and the physical material which runs through the projector.

Atrium, BFI Southbank 10-21 October

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