FRAGMENTS OF KUBELKA
Martina Kudláček has developed a unique cinematic legacy by creating discursive, biographical documentaries on experimental cinema personalities. Over the course of her career, she has developed portraits of Alexander Hammid (AIMLESS WALK, 1997). Maya Deren (IN THE MIRROR OF MAYA DEREN, 2002), Marie Menken (NOTES ON MARIE MENKEN, 2006), and Peter Kubelka (FRAGMENTS OF KUBLEKA, 2012). Several years in the making, Kudláček;s latest film production runs four times the length of artist Peter Kubelka’s entire cinematic output.
"Kubelka's films play and work with the flow of time, compressing the continuous now and presence. His films digest the manifold things of the universe: the elemental energies of light and dark; movement and stillness; the life of animals and patterns of landscape; gesture and dance. With another mode of time Kudláček shared with us Kubelka's patient pace of conversation and listening, exploring things that mean so much to the artist: memories, souvenirs, his past and childhood, his home. All these things entered into Kubelka's films, but here they are brought to light and made part of his legacy as teacher and as artist. In perhaps the most sensual sequence, Kudláček shows Kubelka as he prepares, cooks and then eats Wiener Schnitzel. Following rather than compressing the flow of time, we watch as ingredients embrace each other: egg, flour, meat and butter. We see the browning and transformation of these things exposed to fire, listen to their ecstatic metamorphosis. As Kubelka says, food is a metaphor that can be eaten, a meal is a work of art that can be consumed and digested. To digest, Kubelka tells us, is to embrace the universe. FRAGMENTS OF KUBELKA allows us to savor, swallow and digest these lessons."
– Tom Gunning
Format: DVD-PAL / Region 0
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FRAGMENTS OF KUBELKA
Director, creator, cinematographer, sound, producer: Martina Kudláček
Senior editor: Henry Hills
• 232 minutes
Total Running Time: 03:52:00 (2 Discs)
Booklet Text: Tom Gunning (English), Christian Höller (German), Nicole Brenez (French), Martina Kudláček (English) & Peter Kubelka (German & English)
Published By: Edition Filmmuseum
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