Alaska

Alaska

16mm
Alaska (16mm, 10 min, sound, black-and-white 1980)
Rental format: 16mm $50.00

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About

Alaska (16mm, 10 min, sound, black-and-white 1980)

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Peter von Ziegesar – Filmography

Alaska is the visual artifact of a two-week trip, in 1976, to Homer, Alaska, where my sister was
marrying the son of a homesteader. Many of the issues that drove Concern for the City are
present in this film, which preceded and inspired it. As compared to New York City, the setting
for Concern, Alaska is a place where nature still overwhelms and has to be respected, where man
and his works remain just a tiny dot on the rugged landscape. This is changing, of course, and the
Alaska mindset is to try to control, vanquish and feed from the natural environment. Yet it is a
far more even contest in the north.
“Alaska offers overt similes in its montage to prove that man’s urge to overcome nature,
to regulate and codify life, is itself part of nature’s power: domesticated animals are intercut with
children, whales with boats, saws with roads. Though Alaska purportedly documents the artist’s
sister’s marriage, von Ziegesar focuses upon the landscape and the ritualistic slaughter of a steer
for the wedding reception. … The camera cuts from the torn edge of skin to a new road trying to
delineate the enormous earth… Alaska is a very successful film, as much to hear as to watch. It’s
cacophony melds with the anarchic, Brakhage-like camera work to mirror the seemingly
unintelligible force of nature. By showing people in the act of killing another animal for food,
von Ziegesar undermines our notions of “civilization.” It’s not man against the elements, it’s
man within them.”
–Doug Frost, The New Art Examiner, March, 1986

Films

  • Other films by this artist in our catalogue

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    Oh No
    Experimental

    Oh No
    Peter Von Ziegesar

    16mm, color, sound, 3 min
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    Alchemy of the Word
    Experimental

    Alchemy of the Word
    Peter Von Ziegesar

    16mm, black and white, sound, 12 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    None Saved
    Experimental

    None Saved
    Peter Von Ziegesar

    16mm, black and white, sound, 18 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Who Shall Remain Nameless
    Experimental

    Who Shall Remain Nameless
    Peter Von Ziegesar

    16mm, black and white, sound, 14 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Concern For The City
    Experimental

    Concern For The City
    Peter Von Ziegesar

    16mm, color, sound, 30 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Landscape / Architecture
    • Environment / Nature