Peter Kubelka

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Peter Kubelka
Peter Kubelka und Gerhard Rühm, 2014 (cropped).jpg
Kubelka in 2014
Born (1934-03-23) 23 March 1934 (age 86)
Vienna, Austria
EducationUniversity of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia
Known forExperimental film
Notable work
Adebar (1957), Arnulf Rainer (1960)

Peter Kubelka (born 23 March 1934) is an Austrian experimental filmmaker, architect, musician, curator and lecturer. His films are primarily short experiments in linking seemingly disparate sound and images. He is best known for his 1966 avant-garde classic Unsere Afrikareise (Our Trip to Africa).

Kubelka made 16mm films, mostly shorts, and is known for his 1960 film Arnulf Rainer, a "flicker film" which alternates black and clear film that is projected to create a "flicker" effect. Kubelka also designed the Anthology Film Archives custom film screening space in the 1970s in New York. The theater had highly raked (tiered) seating with a cowl over each seat and visual barriers between each seat so that the audience member was totally isolated visually from other patrons. The theater was painted black and the seating was covered in black velvet. The only light in the room between film showings came from a spotlight aimed at the screen, thus ensuring that the only light in the room came from the screen. The design is illustrative of the purist aesthetic of the Avant Garde film movement of that era.

Peter Kubelka is the brother of the writer Susanna Kubelka.

In 2005, he received the Austrian Decoration for Science and Art.[1]

Peter Kubelka giving a master class in 2012

Selected filmography[edit]

  • Mosaik Im Vertrauen (Mosaic in Confidence) (1955)
  • Adebar (1957)
  • Schwechater (1958)
  • Arnulf Rainer (1960)
  • Unsere Afrikareise (Our Trip to Africa) (1965)
  • Pause! (1977)
  • Dichtung und Wahrheit (Poetry and Truth) (2003)
  • Antiphon (2012)


  1. ^ "Reply to a parliamentary question" (PDF) (in German). p. 1681. Retrieved 26 February 2013.

Further reading[edit]

Stefan Grissemann, Alexander Horwath, Regina Schlagnitweit (Ed.), Was ist Film. Peter Kubelkas Zyklische Programme im Österreichischen Filmmuseum, FilmmuseumSynemaPublikationen Vol. 14, Vienna: SYNEMA - Gesellschaft für Film und Medien, 2010, ISBN 978-3-901644-36-8

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