Harun Farocki

April 8 – July 15, 2018

Over the next four months, 80 Washington Square East and Anthology Film Archives will screen films and videos by Harun Farocki. Screenings will take place on Sundays at 2 p.m. at Anthology Film Archives.

Harun Farocki was born in 1944. He lived in India and Indonesia before moving with his family to Germany at age 10. In his early twenties, he left for West Berlin to further his studies in cinema, and spent most of his working life there. By the time of his death in 2014, he had a prolific body of films to his name. Laboring under the burden of Europe’s history, a history in which the Holocaust loomed large, Farocki was a naturalist of loss. One’s ability to forget what they do not want to know, to overlook what is before them, was seldom put to the test better than in Germany’s reconstruction after the Second World War. The writer W.G. Sebald said that postwar Germany was “an almost perfectly functioning mechanism of repression.” Farocki, on the other hand, did not sweep things under the rug. His work, often graceful in its observations, was never far from the injury of our world. “He was endlessly patient,” Antje Ehmann wrote, “with the strangeness, the beauty, the stupidity, and even the unbearable cruelness of our world.” 

His films often track the effects that free markets, war, and their attendant technologies have on the individual. His films invariably reflect on the methods we use to construct and distribute images and the uses to which these images are put. Frequently, he went to places of focused production – a prison, a virtual reality facility used to train soldiers, a commercial photo shoot – and managed to describe the abstractions, the rules, the exercises and negotiations of power behind the surface of such images. About his method, Farocki once remarked, “My maxim was: I tell a company that the movie is an advertisement for what they are doing and tell the TV station [Farocki’s employer] that the film is a criticism of this practice. And try not to do either one or the other.” 

To RSVP for individual screenings, please contact 80wse@nyu.edu. 

All screenings are on Sunday at 2pm Anthology Film Archives

April 8 
Videograms of a Revolution (w/ Andrei Ujica, 1992, 106 min)

April 15
Bedtime Stories: Ships (1977, 3 min.)
As You See (1986, 72 min.)

April 22
Bedtime Stories: Bridges (1977, 3 min.)
How to Live in the FRG (1990, 79 min.)

April 29 
Bedtime Stories: Railways (1977, 3 min.)
Images of the World and the Inscription of War (1988, 77 min.)

May 6
Bedtime Stories 1–3: Cats (1977, 9 min.)
An Image (1983, 25 min.)
A New Product (2012, 36 min.)

May 13
Still Life (1997, 56 min.)

May 20
I Thought I Was Seeing Convicts (2000, 23 min.)
The Silver and The Cross (2012, 17 min.)
Interface (1995, 23 min.)

Thursdays, May 24, 9:15 pm / May 31, 7 pm  
(Early Films of Harun Farocki as part of 1968 on Screen)  
The Campaign Volunteer (1967, 14 min.) 
The Words of the Chairman (1967, 3 min.)
Their Newspapers (1968, 17 min.)
Inextinguishable Fire (1969, 25 min.)

May 27
In Comparison (2009, 61 min.)

June 3
On the Construction of Griffith’s Films (2009, 9 min.)  
Parallel I–IV (2012–2014, 43 min.)

June 10
Remember Tomorrow Is the First Day of the Rest of Your Life (1972, 10 min.)
The Taste of Life (1979, 29 min.)
Make Up (1973, 29 min.)

June 17
Expression of Hands (1997, 30 min.)
Workers Leaving the Factory (1995, 36 min.)

June 24
Prison Images (2000, 60 min.)

Sunday, July 1
War at a Distance (2003, 58 min.)

Sunday, July 8
Serious Games I–IV (2009–10, 44 min.)

Sunday, July 15
Nothing Ventured (2004, 52 min)

Organized by Lucas Quigley and Robert Snowden at 80 Washington Square East, NYU. The project would not be possible without the support of Antje Ehmann, The Estate of Harun Farocki, Nicola Lees, Carol Greene, Jed Rapfogel, and Greene Naftali Gallery. We also wish to thank, Jesse Bransford, Tammy Brown, Marina Molarsky–Beck, Matthias Rajmann, Chloe Truong–Jones, Andrew Weiner, and Audrey Wollen. The films and images have been provided by the Estate of Harun Farocki and Greene Naftali Gallery, New York.