Mosaic in Confidence

Kubelka´s motives for making the film lie in his belief that commercial films do not fully exploit cinematic possibilities. He declares that the place of the plot and its ostensibly disparate scenes in the screen, and the time shall be any time at which the film is shown.

(Alfred Schmeller)


Today, Mosaic in Confidence is deemed the first Austrian avant-garde film. It is composed in a way that emphasizes the importance of its basic parts, the individual shots. The method of their combination does not obey any standardized, conventional pattern, but instead follows its own rules as conceived by the artist, referring reflexively to the construction of the film as a whole. It seemingly aspires to redefine the relationship of its component parts to the whole. The leitmotif: condensation. Mosaic in Confidence leads us directly to the portal of Adebar, the first, as Kubelka calls it, "metric" film, and the first truly structural film.

(Peter Tscherkassky)

Orig. Title
Mosaik im Vertrauen
Year
1955
Country
Austria
Duration
16 min
Director
Peter Kubelka
Category
Avantgarde/Arts
Orig. Language
german
Credits
Director
Peter Kubelka
Script
Ferry Radax, Peter Kubelka
Cinematography
Ferry Radax
Sound
Gerhard Roller
Actor/Actress
Johann Bayer, Konrad Bayer, Ida Szigethy, Magda Denov, Leo Zwirchmayer, Peter Putnik
Production
Rudolf Malik
Available Formats
35 mm (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,37
Sound Format
mono
Frame Rate
24 fps
Color Format
b/w
Festivals (Selection)
1998
Aix-en-Provence - Festival Tous Courts
2004
Hong Kong - Int. Film Festival
Osnabrück - EMAF - European Media Art Festival
Pesaro - Film Festival