Part of Subversions

Unsere Afrikareise

Peter Kubelka

(Austria, 1961-66, 16 mm, 13:00)

Peter Kubelka’s known penchant for subversion did not prevent a touring group from commissioning him to document their Afncan safari. Kubelka worked for five years to perfect the unbelievably precise montage of image and sound in ‘Unsere Afrikareise’. This film portrays his principals as charlatans, emolionless and cruel invaders while at the same time displaying obvious sympathy for the African tribesmen and indigeneous wildlife. The speech in this film is not lipsynched. Each moment is, in Kubelka’s words, a “Synchronereignis”, a synchronized event which results from the collisions between the images and sounds recorded during the safari.


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