What Is Film

Peter Kubelka's cycle What Is Film was created in 1996 on the occasion of the centenary of cinema. In the words of Mr Kubelka, the series defines film as "an independent art form and a tool which cultivates new ways of thinking. These 63 programs offer young filmmakers, students and anyone genuinely interested in the medium of film a basic overview of film history."  

With works by Kenneth Anger, Martin Arnold, Bruce Baillie, Robert Beavers, Stan Brakhage, Robert Breer, Dietmar Brehm, James Broughton,  Luis Buñuel, René Clair, Jean Cocteau, Emile Cohl, Bruce Conner, Joseph Cornell, Charles Dekeukeleire, Maya Deren, William Kennedy Laurie Dickson, Aleksandr Dovženko, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Marcel Duchamp, Viking Eggeling, VALIE EXPORT, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Morgan Fisher, Robert J. Flaherty, Georges Franju, Robert Frank, Mannus Franken, Ernie Gehr, Jean Genet, Peter Hutton, Joris Ivens, Ken Jacobs, Karl Kels, Kurt Kren, Peter Kubelka, George Kuchar, Owen Land (George Landow), Richard Leacock, Fernand Léger, Louis and Auguste Lumière, Len Lye, Man Ray, Étienne-Jules Marey, Gregory J. Markopoulos, Jonas Mekas, Georges Méliès, Marie Menken, Robert Nelson, Pat O'Neill, D. A. Pennebaker, Francis Picabia, Ferry Radax, Ron Rice, Hans Richter, Charles Ridley, Leni Riefenstahl, Walter Ruttmann, Ernst Schmidt Jr., Paul Sharits, Robert Siodmak, Harry Smith, Jack Smith, Michael Snow, Hans-Christof und Rosemarie Stenzel, Peter Tscherkassky, Edgar G. Ulmer, Karl Valentin, Dziga Vertov, Jean Vigo, Andy Warhol, Günter Zehetner
Peter Kubelka's cycle What Is Film is shown every Tuesday.

Discounted ticket for students with an annual membership at the price of EUR 3,00
Was ist Film, Volume 14 of the FilmmuseumSynemaPublications (in German), makes the cycle accessible via essays and film stills and contains writings on all 63 programs, as well as 200 photographs, an index to the 73 artists in the cycle, and an in-depth interview with the curator.