Kurt Kren, Günter Brus, Selbstverstümmelung (Self-Mutilation), 1965
Music later added: Arvo Part, Da Pacem
The abuse of the body eats away at its integrity – what we will be faced with is a body torn between its functions, its needs and its representation. This abuse is transferred by Kren onto film where even the depiction of the mutilation of the body is itself subjected to a similar process, destroying its unity as if there is no longer any relation between its parts and no sort of dialect between the parts and the body conceived as a whole. The editing done by Kren literally grinds the body so that in the end we are left with mere fragments.
- “Kurt Kren. Action Films”, Diana Bulzan