Anthology Film Archives


April 8 – July 15

Anthology Film Archives and 80 Washington Square East, NYU, present an extensive survey of films by Harun Farocki, including several that have never been screened in the U.S. Before his death in 2014, Farocki made more than 100 films for German television, cinema, and art institutions. He investigated issues that haunt our capitalist world, and had the rare quality of being, as Antje Ehmann has written, “endlessly patient with the strangeness, the beauty, the stupidity, and even the unbearable cruelness of our world.” His work reflects on the ways our culture constructs photographic and moving images, and the uses to which these images are put. Such curiosity often took him into the spaces where both images and their consequences begin: photo-studios, advertising and architectural firms, television broadcasts, personal archives, editing tables and software, business consulting agencies, the digital image labs and computational world of the present; the high above, god-like eyes of a drone; the video feed from a soon-to-be-exploded missile; the surveillance footage of prisons. Ruminative, but with an undercurrent of urgency, his films scrutinize the ways that image-making is used to shape power and ideology.

This survey is organized by Lucas Quigley and Robert Snowden. All films and images have been provided by the Estate of Harun Farocki and Greene Naftali, New York. Thanks to Nicola Lees, Antje Ehmann, Matthias Rajmann, Carol Greene, and Marina Molarsky-Beck for their support.

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