User account

Sounds of Resistance: Straub/Huillet/Schoenberg

07.10.2017 - 14.10.2017
Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin

Straub/Huillet’s ouvre includes three “Schoenberg films”. The austrian composer, who exiled in 1933 after his exclusion as an Austrian Jew by the Prussian Academy of the Arts, belonged  to those in whose work Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub found the resistance they were seeking for work on a film. By interacting with Schoenberg’s composition style as well as his steadfastness, which made the politically conservative composer into a radical innovator of music, they formulated central aspects of their own work.


In her book, The Moses Complex (2014, English 2017), media theorist Ute Holl discusses the thorough permeation of musical composition, cinematic construction, and the scope of political possibilities, which she found in Huillet/Straub’s second Schoenberg film, Moses and Aaron (1974). The screening of Moses and Aaron on 7th October is framed by a two-day workshop with Ute Holl.


On 9th October, the Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin will settle into the concert hall of the Akademie der Künste to rehearse a revised edition of Arnold Schoenberg’s Accompaniment to a Cinematographic Scene, which the composer Ming Tsao specially composed for this project under the title Refuse Collection.


The Schoenberg week is a part of the project “Straub/Huillet: Tell it to the Stones”