Tuesday 1 November 2011, 7.00pm until 9.00pm

PLENTY 12: Dichtung und Wahrheit (Poetry and Truth)

Curated by

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.

Part of Brief Habits programme curated by Shama Khanna.