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APPENDIKS 3 / Harun Farocki

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On Saturday the 25th of October 2003 APPENDIKS presented 10 films by filmmaker Harun Farocki:

Harun Farocki has been producing film for the past thirty years. He works within the field of documentary, but is best known for his unique contribution to the essay film.

Most of Farocki's films query technologies of visual representation and reproduction. He uses material produced for the mass media in conjunction with alternative media coverage of the same events. He has produced almost all of his films independently and his choice of production is formally incorporated into his films. He explains it this way, "When one doesn't have money for a car, shooting, nice clothes - when one doesnt have money to make images in which film time and film life flow uninterruptedly, then one has to put one's effort into intelligently putting together separate elements: a montage of ideas."

It is possible for Harun Farocki to operate as an independent filmmaker due to a system he has created himself. Working independently for German industry and television, Farocki finances his essay films by making traditional industrial documentaries and then recycle the commercial material in his own work. This mode of production is directly linked to one of the questions Farocki raises with his films: how is history produced through media?

Using montage and editing to produce meaning through the juxtaposition of recycled material, it becomes possible for a potential viewer to make a critical reading of that information. Farocki's films encourage the viewer to do her or his part of the work. Farocki puts it this way, "One has to encounter an image or thought at least twice to see what happened to it, how it has been transformed by a new context."

Farocki stresses that a film first finds its political potential in the encounter with the viewer, further more due to the fact that it can by viewed repeatedly.

Some of the films available at APPENDIKS:
The Creators of Shopping Worlds, 2001, 73 min.
I Thought I Was Seeing Convicts, 2000, 25 min.
Videograms of A Revolution, 1992, 106 min., directed with Andrei Ujica
Images of the World and the Inscription of War, 1988, 75 min.

Harun Farocki lives and works in Berlin.


APPENDIKS also presented the new issue of The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest. The journal sits in a discursive juncture between art and (often anarchist) activism aware that knowledge and discourse are tools to change the world.

Edited by Marc Herbst and Robert Herbst Graphic design by Kimberly Varella




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