Harun Farocki

    March 10, 2017 - May 28, 2017
    Haus der Kunst
    Prinzregentenstraße 1
    80538 München

    Harun Farocki (1944 – 2014) was a seminal figure amongst the filmmakers and intellectuals that emerged from the highly-charged political debates in Europe at the end of the 1960s. His oeuvre constitutes an archaeology of the political economy of media and images that question the efficacy and validity of the moving image as a mode of documentation and analysis. 

    Emerging from within this vast body of work that combines humanist, anarchic, and aesthetic militancy, "Harun Farocki: Counter Music" explores the filmmaker’s continual analysis of shifting modes of labor, production, and consumption. Indeed, current disenchantments with labor practices across the world, combined with the mass displacement of workers which have taken place under the guise of globalization have added renewed urgency and energy to Farocki’s incisive reflections on the nature of human and social agency.

    The exhibition is curated by Okwui Enwezor and Antje Ehmann with Damian Lentini.

    For more information: http://www.hausderkunst.de/en/exhibitions/detail/harun-farocki-counter-music/

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  • Vortrag: Harun Farocki. Parallele.
    December 4, 2016 - December 4, 2016

    Am 4. Dezember um 15Uhr

    Vortrag: Harun Farocki. Parallele. Wo der Joystick beginnt, hört das Kino auf!

    Im Rahmen von der Ausstellung 'Making Spaces' findet am 4. Dezember um 15Uhr einen Vortrag statt im Museum der Moderne, Mönchsberg.


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  • Making Spaces
    October 22, 2016 - April 17, 2017
    Museum der Moderne, Mönchsberg
    Salzburg, Austria

    For the new exhibition of works from the collections, the Museum der Moderne Salzburg is focusing on the interaction between artists and the architectural, institutional, and social spaces and how they are produced, appropriated, and criticized. Visitors are invited to discover nine artist spaces and to experience the works in them in their singularity. This selection from the Museum’s collections focuses on new acquisitions, particularly through the Generali Foundation.

    The examination of spaces by artists stands in a long tradition. While the initial focus was on realistic representation, leading amongst other things to the invention of central perspective in the fifteenth century, works in the twentieth century began to directly interact with space. Artists also started to investigate the museum itself and the conventions for observing art. The 1960s and 1970s in particular saw works of art as a critical examination of the museum as an institutional and physical space in which art was collected, presented, preserved, and mediated. Artists problematized the selection, evaluation, and historicization of art. The aim of making art accessible to people of all social classes, regardless of origins, gender, or religious affiliation, reflects the way in which the perception or production of space is linked to social and political negotiations. 

    This exhibition presents new acquisitions and spatial installations from the museum’s collections to demonstrate the diversity in the artistic understanding of space. Apart from works dealing with sensory perception and the physical experience of space, it will include pieces devoted to institutional, fictional, or virtual spaces. The artists show how the spaces surrounding us are created, structured, and controlled, revealing perspectives that engage with existing spaces or even offering alternative spaces and the possibility of active participation.


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  • Empathy
    June 2, 2016 - October 16, 2016
    Fundació Antoni Tàpies Barcelona
    Barcelona, Spain

    In collaboration with the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, the Fundació Antoni Tàpies presents the second part of a project that revisits Farocki’s early militant films from the 1960s, as well as the video installations he produced from 1995 on. The Fundació Antoni Tàpies will present a series of emblematic works that analyse forms of labour arising from traditional production modes as well as from the demands of capitalist production focusing on changes in labour processes and their representation in contemporary societies.

    The exhibition is co-curated by Antje Ehmann and Carles Guerra.

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  • What is at Stake
    January 20, 2016 - May 22, 2016
    Valencia, Spain

    This retrospective presentation organised by the IVAM and curated by Antje Ehmann and Carles Guerra brings to Spain for the first time a broad selection of Harun Farocki's militant films, radio programmes and examples of his activity as a film critic as a prologue to six of his most outstanding installations. The exhibition is complemented with a double programme of film projections: one committed to recuperating the TV programmes in which he interviewed important cultural producers and another which makes it possible to follow the evolution of a very specific genre whose aim would be the criticism of images.

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  • Toys Redux – On Play and Critique
    May 30, 2015 - August 16, 2015
    Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland

    Works by Cory Arcangel and Harun Farocki will be on show as part of the show Toys Redux – On Play and Critique at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland. The exhibition brings together the works of artists who use formats and imagery from popular culture that are usually addressed to children or teenagers.

    Such adoption of motifs disseminated in specific entertainment formats should not be seen merely as a reference to or appropriation of popular culture. It becomes an implicit or explicit critique of a kind of capitalist production of consumer worlds that targets specific audiences but has also infiltrated the field of art for quite some time. Such playful children’s or fantasy worlds, with their pop aesthetic and inherent promise of “innocence,” contrast with the reality of these neoliberal advertising and market strategies. Subjected to a contextual shift, the rhetoric of these formats develops a new vocabulary.

    Please click here for further information about the museum and the exhibition.

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    May 9, 2015 - November 22, 2015
    LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA, Arsenale, Venice, Italy

    Artist and filmmaker Harun Farocki made more than 100 films with a unique combination of documentary and experimental techniques, finding new ways to use cinema as a tool to convey his reflections on the relation between society, politics and the moving picture. Paying tribute to this outstanding artist, more than 100 of these films will be presented simultaneously in the Central Pavilion (Arsenale) as part of the 56th International Art Exhibition All the World’s Futures, curated by Okwui Enwezor, whilst every day one selected film from his extensive oeuvre will be showcased on a large screen.

    Along with fellow filmmakers, Farocki and the curator and artist Antje Ehmann held workshops in 15 cities on five continents to explore the understanding of work and labor today. With more than 400 one- to two-minute films Labour in a Single Shot (2011-2014) presents an encyclopedia of global working conditions in the 21st century.

    For further information please visit the official website of the Biennale di Venezia here.



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  • Parallele I-IV
    April 23, 2015 - April 26, 2015
    Akademie der Schönen Künste, Munich, Germany

    As a tribute to artist and filmmaker Harun Farocki, who passed away in summer 2014, the Akademie der Schönen Künste in Munich presents with Parallele I-IV Farocki´s last installation for the very first time in Germany.

    Farocki shows the thirty-year long development of computer graphics while concentrating on the aspect of animation. Background of the work is his assumption that we live in a technologically produced world of images, the Farocki considered as an ideal type.

    For further details about the exhibition please visit the German website of the Akademie der Schönen Künste here

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    April 22, 2015 - April 26, 2015
    Munich, Germany

    From April 22 to 26, 2015 Munich will host the second edition of KINO DER KUNST, a unique event of its kind worldwide to present films by visual artists who take cinema beyond its traditional boundaries and explore new narrative fictitious forms. KINO DER KUNST is designed to be an exhibition and a film festival in one, creating a showcase for today’s trends in art and an international meeting point for artists, curators and the public.

    The program includes current short and long artists´ films from all over the world in the highly endowed International Competition. One of the highlights will include the German premiere of the last installation by the late Harun Farocki (1944-2014), "Parallel I-IV" at the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, and "Be the first of your friends“, a monographic exhibition of 36-year-old media pioneer Cory Arcangel at the Espace Louis Vuitton.

    For more information about Cory Arcangel and Be the first of your friends please click here

    For more information about Harun Farocki and Parallel I-IV please click here


    Dances For The Electric Piano

    Cory Arcangel's Dances For The Electric Piano performed by Hampus Lindwall will premiere in Munich on April 24 at 7.30 p.m. at the Blaues Kino of the HFF Munich.


    Artist talk: Cory Arcangel and Hans-Ulrich Obrist

    In the context of the KINO DER KUNST festival, the Museum Brandhorst invites to an artist talk between Cory Arcangel and Hans-Ulrich Obrist on 26 April 2015 at 06.30 p.m. Please click here for further details.

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  • Labour in a Single Shot
    February 26, 2015 - April 6, 2015
    Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

    From 26 February through 06 April 2015the House of World Cultures (Haus der Kulturen der Welt) in Berlin will present Labour in a Single Shot, a comprehensive project by Antje Ehmann and Harun Farocki including an exhibition, a conference and workshops.

    Drawing on the Lumière brothers’ Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory Antje Ehmann and Harun Farocki initiated workshops in 15 cities worldwide, in which short one-shot-videos on the topic of labor were produced. In this exhibition these films will be on show, displayed in associative clusters drawing fine lines in-between the single works.

    The accompanying conference (26-28 February) delves into the phenomenon of work and labor in all its multiple global extensions analyzing ways of filmic concentration and their discursive potentials. One day of commemoration is dedicated to Harun Farocki and his legacy on 1 March 2015.

    For more information about the exhibition please visit the homepage of the House of World Cultures. For more information about the project please click here.


    “Labour in a Single Shot” in cooperation with Harun Farocki Filmproduktion and the Goethe-Institut, and in collaboration with the International Research Center “Work and Human Life Cycle in Global History” (re:work) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.


    Photo: Electrician, Johannesburg 2014, film still | © Amy van Houten

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