"Za konec časa / For the End of Time"
Artist: Kugler, Ema
Title: Za konec časa / For the End of Time
Genre: Experimental video / Art Film / Computer Graphics / Fiction
Production: Zank & VPK
Camera: Janez Stucin
Composer: Gyorgy y Ligeti, George Crumb, Sofia Gubaidulina, Krzysztof Penderecki
The video film is an investigation on man and his smallness in front of nature and time, the story is told by a voice-over narrator, with no dialogues between the characters. The camera slowly moves horizontally in panoramic views showing bright wide desert landscapes crossed by traces of death, alternated with futuristic interiors. Computer generated imagery plays an important role in this last work as in the previous ones by Ema Kugler and contributes to the creation of recurrent enviroments which are a perfect mirror for the inner conflict concerning man of all times and cultures. The double nature of soul and body, and the costant tension between pain and desire are here universal themes that assume symbolic and mythical connotations, making the film a metaphor of an eternal quest.
Ema Kugler - Hydra (00:15:45)
Production: V.S. Video, Forum Ljubljana, VPK, 1993
Mythology in the video works by Ema Kugler is inscribed in rituals of everyday life; this time it is the theme of Hydra with many facets. The theme is represented by the separate scenes featuring human figures in leather costumes (created by the artist he...
Ema Kugler - Postaja 25 / Station 25 (00:30:08)
Production: Forum Ljubljana & VPK, 1997
The artist continues with her main preoccupations: the relationship between a man and a woman, the irruption of the mythical into the rituals of everyday life. The video film uses the numerous potentials of electronic manipulation of the picture. The fine...
Ema Kugler - Obiskovalec / The Visitor (00:26:41)
Production: V.S. Video / Forum Ljubljana, VPK & Viba film, 1995
The artist insists on the duality of human nature: the same dreadfulness is part of both the mythical and the real world. The duality is explicitly presented by means of electronic effects that can petrify a human face, or wall-up a human body in a few se...
Ema Kugler - Menhir (00:35:16)
Production: Forum Ljubljana, VPK & TV Slovenija, 1999
Urbanity is finally erased with mythological rituals, which is defined by the title of the video film: menhir, a large upright standing stone from the Neolithic Period which was used in sacred rituals. A man and a woman are Adam and Eve who are formed bef...
Ema Kugler - Homo Erectus (00:43:28)
Production: ZANK, 2000
This video features no words, only music and images. Ema Kugler describes the moving images as: “They are like a dark, surrealist dance of everyman with his own death. I have seen all these images. They came from the darkness of my subconsciousness, col...
Ema Kugler - Tajga / Taiga (00:08:22)
Production: Forum Ljubljana & VPK, 1996
Video Taiga is made after eponymous performance carried out at the international festival of contemporary arts City of women in October 1995 in Ljubljana. The viewer enters a dark atmosphere, dictated by dramatic vocal-electronic music, threatening anthr...
Ema Kugler - Phantom (00:87:45)
Production: Zavod ZANK / VPK, Cankarjev dom, RTV Slovenija, 2003
Phantom je film o smrti, ki se ne sprašuje: "Kdo sem?", temveč: "Sem kdaj res bil tam ... v življenju? Sem kdaj zares živel? Ali ni bilo vse le zgolj iluzija, privid lažnega obstoja? Je sploh možno umreti? Kako uiti iz te verige nezno...
Ema Kugler - Le Grand Macabre (01:40:44)
Production: ZANK / Ljudmila, 2005
Experimental video is made after sound recording of Le Grand Macabre opera, recorded live at the Parisian Theatre du Chatelet in fabruary 1998, performed by London Sinfonietta Voices Philharmonic Orchestra. Composer György Ligeti, avant-gardist of the co...
Ema Kugler, Nada Vodušek, Jane Štravs - Nostalgični izrez (00:07:56)
Production: Marijan Osole - Max, CD, 1985
A collage of fashion creations from a fashion show set in Cankarjev dom starts off as if browsing through a trendy Fashion magazine. Models wearing leather clothes are accompanied by Italian, Yugoslav and American pop music from the 60'. We can also see s...