Kugler, Ema
No. 61
"Homo Erectus"
Artist: Kugler, Ema
Title: Homo Erectus
Duration: 00:43:28
Year: 2000
Genre: Art Film / Art video
Production: ZANK, VPK, Cankarjev dom


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, colonized me and obsessed me.” The video shows images, which together with the accompanying music give an impression of the infinite and the divine and being sucked into an abyss from where there is no return. The images bring us to the edge of our existence and twist us in the darkness of the subconscious and inevitable oblivion. There are no words or speech in the video, only music and images but the storyline is clear nevertheless. The images are silent witnesses to our imprisonment in the world of automatism – bureaucracy and authority – god and ruler who lead us into pointless wars, killing and death. Individuals are helpless prisoners of these forces. (Source: Slovenian Film Centre)

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