Felix Kubin / Germany

Dragonflies with birds and snake

July 1123.00

A flashing, hardcore film on nature by artist Wolfgang Lehmann, set to music by Felix Kubin. A wild jungle of shapes and colours, simultaneously documentary and meditative; a joyful and hypnotising evocation of natural life cycles. The soundtrack, created with live electronics and with a special optical scanner invented by Kubin and designed by Lars Vaupel (Lichtscanner), produces a floor of glimmering, pointillist and polyrhythmic signals that – as the film itself – transforms, breathes, quietens. The editing technique of the film starkly contrasts with the footage of nature, presenting the eye with a visual polyphony complementing the music.

Felix Kubin is a composer, radio author, curator and media artist based in Hamburg. He started making experimental electropop music at the age of 12 before dedicating himself to electro-acoustic noise and futuristic pop. In the last twenty years he performed at festivals and museums such as MoMA PS1, Sonar, Transmediale, CTM, Unsound, Wien Modern, Märzmusik, Présences électroniques. He also composed works for NDR das neue werk, Internationales Musikfest Hamburg, Elbphilharmonie and many others.

Weaving together short, colorful bursts of zoological and educational footage of insects, birds, and amphibians, Wolfgang Lehmann’s feature-length film details the life cycle of a dragonfly and that species’ relationship with its ecosystem. No individual segment is long enough to fully interrupt our perception of apparent motion, so we in effect watch three sequences at once, with Lehmann massaging in new footage to replace older sequences.
Chicago Guide to Independent and Underground Cinema

Duration: 60 minutes.

film Wolfgang Lehmann / composizione e live electronics Felix Kubin / in collaborazione con il Goethe-Institut Mailand / © Udo Siegfriedt.