Plenty 12: Dichtung und Wahrheit

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Dichtung und Wahrheit (Peter Kubelka, 2003)Plenty 12: Dichtung und Wahrheit
Tuesday November 1st, 2011 19h
Event Gallery, 96 Teesdale Street, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PU

Dichtung und Wahrheit (Poetry and truth)
Peter Kubelka, Austria, 2003, 16mm, colour, silent, 13 minutes

Dichtung und Wahrheit contains collected pieces from publicity films with a common element: they show actors before they start and then begin to play what they are directed to represent. Repeated ready-made takes create cycles of symbolic significance, glorified glimpses of the contemporary human condition: the beauty from a hair conditioner, courting and insemination by chocolate-feeding, labourless birth onto a varnished floor, animal and inanimate companions. It was my aim not to shape the found material perfectly into an unambiguous message but to preserve the full richness of archaeological information. My point of view has changed from the contemporary artist into an observer looking into the distant past." - Peter Kubelka

The screening series Plenty proposes a new way of looking at artists’ films by showing only a single work, regardless of its duration. Each film is given the freedom to unfold on its own terms, and the viewer is given the time and space to consider it. Selected by Mark Webber. The Brief Habits exhibition programme at E:vent is curated by Shama Khanna with support from Arts Council England and the Austrian Cultural Forum.