Re: [Frameworks] The code of "Arnulf Rainer"

From: Evan Meaney (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Jul 04 2010 - 23:31:51 PDT

Hi Björn:

It's funny, I'm actually teaching a class about codes and sequences in cinema in the fall, stateside - Kubelka's AR is an important part of the syllabus. I haven't found a ton of work about the specific code at work in AR but I was lucky enough to see him speak a few years ago about it. He said that he was interested in having the exact same amount of light and dark hit the screen over the duration of the piece. The presence and absence of information equalizing one another. Ditto for the sound, where the noise ( I forget it if it's just white noise or something more particular at the moment) contrasts directly with the silence.

I would love, love, love to see that rock
and find out that exact equation.
If someone out there has it, do let us know.

All the best,


On Jul 4, 2010, at 6:13 PM, Lundgren wrote:

> I remeber reading about Peter Kubelka saying something about that Arnulf
> Rainer was the only eternal film, that he would write down the
> concept/code/script/equation/whatever on a rock and then when all other
> works of cinema had faded away (by technical death or whatever) his could
> allways be recreated perfectly in its intended form.
> Anyway, what I was interested in was that form. Does anyone know if he ever
> spoke of the "code" or has anyone with access to a film copy been able to
> determine it?
> A secondary question is also this: What is the technical form of the
> "soundtrack"?
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