Natalie Gravenor | Sunday March 2nd, 2014
Harun Farocki‘s works about the construction of media imagery, the military-post-industrial/digital-complex and modern corporate culture are currently on display in Berlin’s black boxes and white cubes.
The Arsenal cinema (which has a channel on realeyz.tv) is devoting a mini-retrospective to “Seven Films by Harun Farocki” to tie-in with the publication of a new book by Benedikt Reichenbach, Harun Farocki Diagrams. Images From Ten Films. Reichenbach uses stills, complete transcripts and diagrams (which also figure on camera, especially in the business-themed films) to analyse Farocki’s working methods and theoretical approach. Farocki’s 1967 debut, Die Worte des Vorsitzenden (Words of the Chairman) will be screened continuously from March 2 to 6, 2014 in the Arsenal’s Black Box installation space. The following films will be screened in the cinema hall, introduced by art experts: 2012’s EIN NEUES PRODUKT (A New Product), a behind the scenes look at the work of business consultants; SCHÖPFER DER EINKAUFSWELTEN (The Creators of the Shopping Worlds, 2001); Ein Bild (An Image, 1983) about a photo shooting for Playboy magazine and companion piece of sorts, Wie man sieht (As You See, 1986); Farocki’s anti-Vietnam war classic Nicht löschbares Feuer (The Inextinguishable Fire); and Videogramme einer Revolution (Videograms of a Revolution, co-directed with Andrei Ujica, 1992), a seminal film about the role television and video images played in the Romanian revolution of 1989. Farocki will be attending the screening of EIN NEUES PRODUKT and SCHÖPFER DER EINKAUFSWELTEN on March 6, 7:00 p.m. The Hamburger Bahnhof Museum for Contemporary Art is featuring Farocki’s four-part installation SERIOUS GAMES I-IV. The installation was donated to the city by the Outset Media Fund. SERIOUS GAMES explores the interplay between modern warfare and electronic media using computer simulation and documentary footage. Farocki shows how simulation exercises are used both to prepare the soldiers for combat and deal with its traumatic aftermath: “briefing and de-briefing for war,” as Farocki calls it. Unlöschbares Feuer is also on view here, as a statement about warfare in earlier times.
Farocki’s films and videos have a structural clarity that can be adapted to the demands of both the immersive, linear experience of cinema viewing and spatial, non-linear installations.
Seven Films by Harun Farocki
March 2 -6, 2014
Until July 13, 2014
More info here