Harun Farocki

  • Harun Farocki: Quem é responsável?
    March 19, 2019 - June 30, 2019
    IMS Rio – Instituto Moreira Salles
    Rua Marquês de São Vicente, 476, Gávea
    CEP 22451-040 - Rio de Janeiro

    The exhibition brings together film and video installations by German artist Harun Farocki, which he created between 1969 and 2014. 

    Curated by German filmmaker Antje Ehmann and Heloisa Espada from IMS, the exhibition discusses the role of images and their production in social and warlike conflicts.


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  • Retrospective
    November 23, 2017 - January 14, 2018
    Centre Pompidou
    Place Georges Pompidou
    75004 Paris

    As part of the Festival d’Automne, the Centre Pompidou is hosting the most comprehensive Harun Farocki (1944-2014) retrospective in France to date.

    Conceived as a dialogue between the works of Harun Farocki and the films of Christian Petzold, a former student, friend and collaborator of Farocki, the two-fold exhibition is a journey through the territories of two of the most important German filmmakers of their generation.

    In 1967, drawing on his deeply political conception of cinema, Harun Farocki began making fiction and documentary films and to experiment with moving image at large, fostering film essays, videos, installations and collaborative workshops of various lengths, subjects and genres. Beyond its highly intellectual content, the singularity of his work lies in the invention of new editing methods.

    The Centre Pompidou is presenting a selection of twelve installations and videos from the last thirty years, illustrating the extent of the director’s critical thinking of contemporary images in marketing, media, surveillance technology and videogames. The screenings and panel discussions organized during the exhibition combined with the reprinting of some of Farocki’s most important texts shed light on the complexity of each work. The Goethe-Institut, partner in this event, will present simultaneously a selection of children’s films made by Harun Farocki for German television.



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    September 14, 2017 - January 26, 2018
    Neuer Beliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.)
    Chausseestraße 128/129
    10115 Berlin

    Neuer Berliner Kunstverein is showing the exhibition Harun Farocki: Mit anderen Mitteln – By Other Means, which assembles his film installation works. Simultaneously the first retrospective of Harun Farocki´s complete cinematographic work takes place at the Arsenal Cinema. Dedicated to the question about the influence and permanence of Farocki’s aesthetic and intellectual practice is the event Farocki Now: A Temporary Academy, organized by the Harun Farocki Institute, taking place on several days at Silent Green Kulturquartier, with an opening event at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Savvy Contemporary develops the group exhibition El Usman Faroqhi Here and a Yonder – On Finding Poise in Disorientation, with Candice Breitz, Ariani Darmawan, Fehras Publishing Practices, Shilpa Gupta, Ho Tzu Nyen, Samson Kambalu, Olaf Nicolai, and Michael Zheng. Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne publishes a multi-volume edition of the writings by Harun Farocki, the first volume being the previously unpublished autobiography. The Harun Farocki Retrospective is accompanied by an extensive lecture program and the educational programs “Großes Kino, Kleines Kino” and “Arsenal Filmatelier."

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    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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