TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26. Inaugural session.
Jean-Marie Straub und Daniele Huillet bei der Arbeit an einem Film nach Franz Kafkas Romanfragment "Amerika", 1983, 26 min.16 mm
This film takes as its subject the process of creating a film—in this case a film by Farocki's former professor at the film academy, Jean-Marie Straub. Together with Danielle Huillet, Straub breaks with cinematographic language in a systematic way. The film is an homage to Straub that turns into a self-portrait of Farocki.
Subtext and subimage
Lecture by Harun Farocki, filmmaker, and Roger M. Buergel, critic, independent curator and Director of Documenta XII (Kassel, 2007)
Where: MACBA AUDITORIUM. Free admission. Limited seating. Simultaneous translation service available.
SCREENINGS: Thursdays at 7:30pm
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4 at 7:30pm
Bilder der Welt und Inschrift des Krieges 1988, 75 min.
When North Americans took aerial photographs of an industrial plant bordering Auschwitz, no one was on guard for the existence of a concentration camp. This fact is the point of departure for Farocki's investigation into the construction of the gaze from a history of aerial photography, as it is employed as a tool for spying, registering and controlling bombings.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11 at 7:30pm
Videogramme einer Revolution 1992, 106 min. 16mm
Realized from more than 120 hours of anonymous material from a television archive—material dealing with the bloody collapse of the Ceaucescu regime in Romania in 1989—the film reflects on media and history and the infinite becoming of televisual images that banalize everything, even revolutions.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25 at 7:30pm
Arbeiter verlassen die Fabrik 1995, 36 min.
In the hands of the Lumière brothers, the first camera in the history of cinema filmed a factory. Farocki investigates the representation of different concepts of work that the cinema has produced over the course of its history.
Stilleben 1997, 58 min.16mm
Produced for Documenta X, in this film Farocki demonstrates the similarity between the Flemish painting tradition—with its description of quotidian objects—and contemporary advertising photography.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2 at 7:30pm
Die Bewerbung 1997, 58 min.
This documentary is about how the unemployed learn to sell themselves: from those that participate in social programs to the top managers that train themselves in order to apply for a job.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9 at 7:30pm
Gefängnisbilder 2000, 60 min.
In this film, images from the films of Robert Bresson and Jean Genet as well as documentaries from the Nazi period exist in dialogue with discarded recordings by surveillance cameras at maximum-security prisons in the United State; more concretely, the material includes the death of an inmate after a violent altercation.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16 at 7:30pm
Die Schöpfer der Einkaufswelten 2001, 72 min.
To enter a large commercial center can be transformed, depending on the occasion, into a Dantean descent into hell or into the redemptive last supper. All commercial centers' images are the product of a highly sophisticated mise-en-scène created by specialists in seducing one to consume.