Monument Film (Kubelka, 2012): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 6.30pm
Here is the BFI introduction: The Austrian filmmaker Peter Kubelka has been a vital and
uncompromising force in cinema for more than half a century. In a body
of work that lasts not much more than an hour in total, he condenses and
articulates the essential qualities of analogue cinema, distinguishing
film as an autonomous artform. His 1960 film Arnulf Rainer, composed
only of the purest elements of light and darkness, sound and silence,
remains one of the most radical achievements in film history. In
response to that earlier work, his new film Antiphon was revealed in
2012 as part of Monument Film, a powerful testament to the entire
medium. With two 35mm projectors situated in the auditorium, each film
is screened individually, then combined as double projections, both
side-by-side and superimposed upon each other.
Throughout this extraordinary projection event, Peter Kubelka will
discuss his theories, explaining the differences between film and
digital media, and articulating his belief in the survival of cinema.
Curated by Mark Webber. Presented with the support of Austrian Cultural
Forum. This performance was originally scheduled for the 56th BFI
London Film Festival last October.
Here is an interview with Kubelka.
Here is some more background from a blog item I posted for the London Film Festival.