Screening At e-flux Tonight
“Aesthetics and the Alien: Straub/Huillet in Moses und Aron,” e-flux lectures
Wednesday, March 29, 7pm
311 E Broadway
New York, NY 10002
Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet’s adaptation of Arnold Schoenberg’s opera Moses und Aron (Moses and Aaron), shot in 1974 and dedicated to Holger Meins, is a study on migration, exile, and on being a stranger or alien. The lecture will look at the strategies of technical media Straub and Huillet apply to work with sounds and images in their film. In the equal distribution of aethetic elements, their film follows Schoenberg’s rule of twelve-tone distribution of indiscrimintae perception. Thus, the film confronts the situation “before the law,” violence, and the question of the (missing) people.
Ute Holl is Professor of Media Aesthetics at Basel University. She has recently published the books The Moses Complex: Freud, Schöneberg, Straub/Huillet (Chicago University Press, 2016) and Cinema, Trance and Cybernetics (Amsterdam University Press, 2017).