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David Graeber (1961-2020) on What Would It Take (from his The Democracy Project. A History, a Crisis, a Movement, 2013, p. 193): “We have little idea what sort of organizations, or for that matter, technologies, would emerge if free people were unfettered to use their imagination to actually solve collective problems rather than to make them worse. But the primary question is: how do we even get there? What would it take to allow our political and economic systems to become a mode of collective problem solving rather than, as they are now, a mode of collective war?”

September 7th, 2020, Tom

T.J. Demos on why cultural practitioners should never surrender, via tranzit.sk:  “For artists, writers, and curators, as art historians and teachers, the meaning-production of an artwork is never finished, never fully appropriated and coopted, in my view, and we should never surrender it; the battle over significance is ongoing. We see that battle rise up in relation to racist and colonial monuments these days in the US, the UK, and South Africa. While the destruction of such monuments results from and is enabling of radical politics, it’s still not enough until the larger institutions that support and maintain their existence as well as the continuation of the politics they represent are also torn down. This is urgent as well in the cultural sphere, including the arts institutions, universities, art markets, discursive sphere of magazines and journals, all in thrall to neoliberalism, where we must recognize that it’s ultimately inadequate to simply inject critical or radical content into these frameworks, which we know excel at incorporating those anti-extractivist expressions into further forms of cultural capital and wealth accumulation. What’s required is more of the building of nonprofit and community-based institutions, organizing radical political horizons and solidarity between social formations.”

August 21st, 2020, Tom

Bernard Stiegler, quoted from The Neganthropocene (trans. Daniel Ross): “Does anyone really believe that it is possible to ‘solve’ the problems of climate change, habitat destruction and cultural destruction without addressing the consumerist basis of the present macro-economic system, or vice versa, or without addressing the way in which this system depletes the psychic energy required to find the collective will, belief, hope and reason to address this planetary challenge? Can this consumerism really survive the coming wave of automation that threatens to decimate its customer base and undermine the ‘consumer confidence’ that is fundamental to its perpetual growth requirements, themselves antithetical, once again, to the problems of biospherical preservation?”

August 14th, 2020, Tom
moreless news
The reluctant screen shot collector (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 44)

The production of knowledge, fake news, has no source, no center. There is no author. By VLADIMIR MILADINOVIĆ and STEPHENIE YOUNG

September 30th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
September 2020: Metal pressing

see German post.

September 30th, 2020, Archive / Showcase
Newsreel shreds: two postcards from the summer of 2020 (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 43)

“The game on TV is Tom and Jerry, the game in the EU is refugees and the police.” By NIKA AUTOR

September 17th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Vision and Automation in a post-Covid World (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 42)

The current crisis is making many of us increasingly amenable to other forms of more mundane automation. By JOEL McKIM

September 17th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Call for Donations: Farocki’s Writings: English Edition: Volume 1: Autobiography

With a donation you can support our work on the English autobiography.

September 15th, 2020, About us / Support
Cooperation with Bielefeld University

Bielefeld University enables the further production of preview films from the filmography of Harun Farocki.

September 15th, 2020, About us / Support
Workshop: Labour in a Single Shot, Oct. 3-Nov. 4, 2020, Berlin & Warsaw

The Open Call runs until September 25, 2020.

September 11th, 2020, Event / Projects
Silent Works Event: Berlin als Technopolis, Sep. 23, 2020, Berlin

A panel discussion about Berlin vs. Amazon and the Berliner Gazette's Silent Works project, a partnership with HaFI.

September 11th, 2020, Event / Projects
Symposium: The Right to a Public – Working with TV Archives, Sep. 23, 2020, Arsenal @ silent green

HaFI participation with a panel dedicated to Farocki and his TV collaboration with the WDR.

September 11th, 2020, Event / Projects
HaFI 012: Ben Alper & Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa: Hiding in Plain Sight

How can, how should these images be looked at? And how do they unsettle the contemporary gaze?

September 1st, 2020, Projects / Publication
Emergency Exit, Second Thoughts (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 41)

If we have reason to panic, what do we do with it, where do we go? Again, how do we get out of here? By DANIEL A. BARBER

August 31st, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
August 2020: events that are a small story

See German post.

August 30th, 2020, Archive / Showcase
Fabula (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 40)

More people are having powerful dreams that get their attention than in typical times. By JORDAN BASEMAN

August 27th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
The server is down, the bridge washes out, there is a power blackout (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 39)

We know that their echoes will continue reverberating in the system’s cracks, each time becoming louder and more visible. By ARTS CATALYST

August 26th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Tarot Reading: What is the future of MYTH post-covid-19? (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 38)

Bring it on (bring it all up) say the cards, and let everything bleed ... By PLASTIQUE FANTASTIQUE

August 8th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Fragments | Brotes (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 37)

Remains of magnolias blown away/Branches fall. Power out. By ALEXANDRA DÉLANO ALONSO

August 5th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Unmasked (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 36)

There is something visceral about the refusal to place a protective barrier across the mouth and nose, and to do so in the name of “freedom” or “just because.” By KIMBERLY JUANITA BROWN

July 26th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Hope, or Pandora in the time of the pandemic (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 35)

The kind of hope that I will speak of here is immanent, yet precisely as the immanent force of finitude. By JOHN PAUL RICCO

July 22nd, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
July 2020: A Letter by Frieda Grafe

see German post.

July 16th, 2020, Archive / Showcase
Ecologies of care (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 34)

The psychology of finite resources can only exist under the conditions of oppression, so let's burn down the master’s house and its tools. By JANINE FRANCOIS

July 7th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Observations from my balcony (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 33)

It is remarkable how much we can discover in our immediate spaces when our attention has not been captured by the constant haste of our responsibilities. By EDINSON ARROYO

July 5th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
June 2020: What is ZITTY?

See German post.

June 30th, 2020, Archive / Showcase
There is nothing new under the sun

I see ghost bodies that are trapped into an unattainable time-space of which the image’s virtuality reinforces the feeling. By VANESSA CIMORELLI

June 28th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Portal-ness. Towards a cosmology of rift

Burdened with a doubtful reputation, the practice and attitude of escapism may eventually prove to hold an adequate response to the dire realities of the present and the time to come.

June 27th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
The digital classroom and the digital studio (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 32)

For the art school to survive, let alone thrive, we will have to adjust not only our tactics for working and teaching, but also for industrial action. By JULIET JACQUES

June 26th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Involuntary Euthanasia

We read Arendt’s words as an undeniable exhortation to what may be may transpire when the economic and social crisis exacerbated by Covid-19 soon manifests in full. By LUIS FEDUCHI

June 23rd, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
White tinted glasses: on the ‘difficult’ heritage of Italian colonialism (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 31)

The whole operation appears intrinsically flawed, reflecting a collective colour-blind attitude that has become particularly visible in light of recent events. By ALESSANDRA FERRINI

June 17th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
The slow cancellation of the past (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 30)

The transient nature of knowledge production today, whether in the solution-averse casualised university or the history-averse design program, is a matter of its exacerbating devaluation. By BAHAR NOORIZADEH

June 17th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Corona heroes. An obituary

The more piercingly the crisis sirens howl, the greater the hunger for dedicated emergency workers, determined people of action and indomitable freedom fighters. By ULRICH BRÖCKLING

June 12th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
She would fall asleep with a taste of home on her lips (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 29)

The world sleeps, the axes change. The world wakes up, and the sun falls on empty streets. By ANDREAS PHILIPPOPOULOS-MIHALOPOULOS

June 10th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
A thousand kitchen tables (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 28)

How can we create work from within these imposed conditions and reflect on them at the same time? By PIL AND GALIA KOLLECTIV

June 7th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
The incompetence, the disdain, the laughter (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 27)

If we can collectively grasp this narrative, kick them out as soon as possible we can have it all!!!! By HANA NOORALI and LYNTON TALBOT

June 2nd, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Against Resilience (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 26)

I couldn’t help but question, if bringing our bodies together in this way plays into the logic of resilience measures the British government has come to calculate as necessary collateral damage for the UK economy to start again? By HELENE KAZAN

June 2nd, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
The underlying (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 25)

In its new blanket use, it points to medical conditions, chronic illnesses and disabilities that, in combination with age, we are told, are the real factors determining the death of thousands of people from the virus. By ELISA ADAMI

June 2nd, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
May 2020: La Voleuse (1966)

See German post.

May 30th, 2020, Archive / Showcase
Social Physical Distance Proximity Diagram (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 24)

Social proximity at an ideological level may, thanks to those who must necessarily remain physically proximate in medical and care situations, protect people by enabling physical distance. By DEAN KENNING

May 29th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
[Update] Crowdfunding: Publishing Farocki’s Writings together

We thank all our supporters!

May 26th, 2020, About us / Support
[Fourth] HaFI residency guest: Cathy Lee Crane

Experimental filmmaker Cathy Lee Crane (U.S.A.) is the fourth guest of the Harun Farocki Residency.

May 26th, 2020, 2020 / Residency
AMERICA – Films from Elsewhere (ed. Shanay Jhaveri): HaFI Contribution

A dossier consisting of documents and images on the "prison images" complex from the HaFI archive, compiled by HaFI.

May 26th, 2020, Projects / Publication
e-flux journal: Navigation Beyond Vision II

The issue #109 Navigation Beyond Vision II of the e-flux journal is now online.

May 26th, 2020, Projects / Publication
Together, in separation. Coming territorialities

Hidden curricula, nudging regimes, governmentalities—they are coming to the fore now, accruing obscene visibility in a big stand-off between liberal individualism and uniformizing state rule.

May 25th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
COVID 19, climate change and the viral imaginaries of crisis (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 23)

Alongside these ‘necro-visualisations’ of human tragedy, the concept of the model cuts across the public imagination as a harbinger of what might be and what was. By TOM CORBY

May 25th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
The disgusting image and the virus

Comparing the corona-phenomena to previous epidemic occurrences allows us to gain a grain of understanding and to make sense of the void, of absent bodies. By ANTOINE SIMEAO SCHALK

May 23rd, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Things in lockdown (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 22)

The ‘great withdrawal’ has made the circulations that make up subject-object relations almost brutally concrete. By LINA HAKIM

May 22nd, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Collectivize Facebook and other electric dreams

The mines are exploited and emptied. There is a lacuna—left as a poisonous gift of modernity. Debris next to a village. Next to my village. By VINIT AGARWAL

May 21st, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Exiting the lockdown, with the help of chance

Those resistant to the idea of sortition as a substitute for election are often surprised when it is made clear to them that the use of random selection is a standard and reliable practice in many representative democracies. By LUIS FEDUCHI

May 16th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
We are not alone: The Partisan Social Club new-collective-nouns (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 21)

Window Poster # 1 + Colouring-in Version, May 2020. Poster designed by JAMES SMITH

May 16th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
A name to sing about (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 20)

Calling the hospitals by the person epitomising modern nursing was not a simple misnomer but a poor attempt at dressing up a wolf bred by austerity in the clothes of a sheep versed in historical knowledge. By JELENA STOJKOVIC

May 15th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Living in the uncanny (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 19)

Our own cells split the foreign intruder, allowing it to contaminate our body, turning ourselves into our own evil twins. By LANA LIN and H. LAN THAO LAM

May 15th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Dream State: hugs, dreams and British psychopolitics (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 18)

It turns out that Seligman had chronicled the psychic wounds of colonialism, revealing a political order fundamentally at odds with Britain’s self-understanding. By MARGARETA KERN

May 13th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Supporting our local singers—celebrating the music of Reuben T. Caluza (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 17)

They have recorded the song in Zulu, each vocalist recording in their own home and supplying these voice-messages to be incorporated into this new rendition of the song. By PHILIP MILLER

May 13th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Social distancing and human/animal relations

"Once the bats were trapped, the researchers took blood and saliva samples, as well as fecal swabs."

May 10th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Lockdown is a savage montage (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 16)

The emergency measures are rules of composition. By DAVE BEECH

May 10th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Hierarchies of hardship (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 15)

Really: that brachiosaurus-sized crane puts time into perspective, making more tangible the way the world may have looked when it teemed with life at that scale. By SARA BLAYLOCK

May 9th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Disaster nationalism as geovisual play (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 14)

Appropriating the simplicity of play, it seems, might come with consequences. By ERAY ÇAYLI

May 6th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
The world that surrounds me inheres in me (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 13)

How tired the world has become of this human and its spectre. By YVE LOMAX

May 5th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
COVID-19 Movement V: Grave

The confusion and turbulence of COVID: that is the place we all share now. It’s the first movement of the sonata, grave. By PATRICIA R. ZIMMERMANN

May 5th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Re-Relations (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 12)

As a society, in a way unlike any other, the question is out in the open: what does it mean to consider the lives of others? By ANDREA LUKA ZIMMERMAN

May 4th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
“I want my writing to be photographed so as to explain my hand”

Perhaps we do not need a critique of the power-relation in “giving a voice” but of the very demand for a body to produce a recognizable voice in the first place. By ALEXANDRA PIRICI

May 3rd, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
A biopolitics of the future; or, The monster at the door (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 11)

The non-human futures of the SARS-CoV-2 virus will not be written to be stored in the digital archive. Its trans-species assemblage will have had vectors that are imperceptible to us today. By AMIT S. RAI

May 3rd, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Public protest in the age of Covid-19 (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 10)

I see my dry hands, clean as hell, as never before. And I see fear in a handful of sanitizer. A dispatch from Warsaw. By KASIA BOJARSKA

May 2nd, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
April 2020: A Letter from Jim Jarmusch

We would be very interested in getting this stock from you. Please let us know if it is still available.

April 30th, 2020, Showcase
We’ve been preparing for this our whole lives (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 9)

We, survivors, were born for this crisis. By OREET ASHERY

April 30th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Social distancing without a society

April 2020 saw gatherings of the American right-wing that declared they demand to “re-open the economy,” as they call it. These protests were payed for by the wealthiest donors to the US Republican party. By JOSHUA SIMON

April 29th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Figures of entanglement

We may ask, whether in the current, transitional period of social distancing, where intermingling, contact and proximity have become anathema, the notion of entanglement is already accruing a new set of connotations, regardless whether we understand it in a concrete or metaphorical sense. By ERIC C. H. DE BRUYN

April 29th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
A Day in the Life of a Consumer (2020)

"[...] a tsunami of derivative, cliche ads all within a week of one another. It's not a conspiracy - but perhaps a sign that it's time for something new" (Microsoft Sam)

April 27th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Wildfire (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 8)

I lift one side of the headphones away from my left ear dispelling the patch of workplace that has been mapped onto the kitchen table for the last hour or so. By JON THOMSON and ALISON CRAIGHEAD

April 25th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
The scalar logics of COVID (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 7)

Biocontainment suits, biological hoods, and isolation tents create physical separation, but allow for visual access, between the infected and the hygienic. By SHANNON MATTERN

April 25th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Driving on sight vs Seeing the light

"In chaos causality is lost, strategy and leadership no longer work as well, and we are left powerless."

April 23rd, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
HaFI 011: Frieda Grafe: Souvenirs, Origins, Found Fiction

A small selection of texts written by the outstanding film critic and translator Frieda Grafe, complemented by a speech from Harun Farocki.

April 22nd, 2020, Projects / Publication
Stay safe, stay healthy (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 6)

Is the sender genuinely asking me if I am well or safe or healthy? By DANAH ABDULLA

April 22nd, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
“The World of Care!!!” (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 5)

By a pupil at The Meadows Primary School, Lincoln, with RUTH EWAN

April 21st, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
The weekend cover: L’Espresso, The Economist, Der Spiegel (February 1 to April 19, 2020)

The choices of headlines and visual artwork reflect the editorial and national context of each magazine.

April 20th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Today My Heart Is Empty (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 4)

He was let down by both governments… By JORDAN McKENZIE

April 20th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Soothing? Regressing? ASMR and the new normal

"She is wearing a lab coat and a face mask and is saying, in the softest tone possible, that she is about to take a nasal swab to test for the virus. It’s scary and soothing at the same time."

April 19th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
In the way of being (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 3)

(...) how and where am i supposed to read the nuances by which I understand the world (...) By TERESA CISNEROS

April 18th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Corona literacy, or Inoculating the pandemic

The background and experience from which the new instructional visuals on the coronavirus crisis are being produced, inform the reduction guided by notions of didactic efficiency.

April 16th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Streaming video, a link between pandemic and climate crisis (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 2)

Media corporations will likely leverage the CoVid-19 crisis to insist that ubiquitous high-bandwidth media constitute an essential service. By LAURA U. MARKS

April 16th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Triage: medical necessity or imperialist selectivity?

In the corona triage the temporality of field surgery and the asymmetrical chronopolitics of age cohort, class affiliation and racial predicament meet in a new constellation.

April 13th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Infection of a liberal weekly

Interaction designer Christian Lässer is able to render evident (and visible) how the topic of the epidemic has gradually taken possession of Die Zeit – up to the full blown monopolization of its editorial content.

April 11th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Notes from digital self-contradiction

It seems to me as if theoretical persuasions are now being confirmed not only in practice, but literally embodied. By JAN DISTELMEYER

April 9th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
The live-stream’s split-screen, or, Urgent domestic politics

Shouldn’t this crisis demand an urgent politics of the domestic, specifically of those who have the privilege to #stayathome?

April 5th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Tele-nausea: losing the presence

There is "a good chance that the large-scale experimentation with telepresence, which has long met with much resistance, will encourage its lasting adoption" (André Gunthert).

April 3rd, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
The Coronamovie: how the pandemic unfolds (in 36+ frames)

The Coronacrisis cover artwork of the French daily newspaper Libération, starting with the issue of January 23, continuing without interruption from March 9 to ...

April 2nd, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
The new ekphrasis of the V-shape

The V-shape recession, a sudden deep trough, followed by a quick surge, for few, and the Germans with their economic strength and infamous intransigence when it comes to economic solidarity most certainly among them, is becoming analogous to the V-ictory-sign (in the wake of the V-irus ...)

April 1st, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Virus and infection – the trouble with analogies

It seems as if Suely Rolnik has already in 2005 anticipated the effects of the virus that is currently chokeholding the world: For the already discriminated minorities, including the predominantly black service providers and domestic workers recruited from the favelas, are now considered particularly at risk. By SABETH BUCHMANN

March 31st, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
People with masks (and some without), Thailand, February 2020

Photos by LUDGER BLANKE        

March 31st, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
March 2020: TIERLIEBE

see German Post

March 31st, 2020, Archive / Showcase
“Masks4ALL” – a Czech campaign, a MIT AI specialist’s support of it, and the new “solitary facelessness”

The retreat into "solitary facelessness," however, may have different faces, depending on local histories and urgencies.

March 30th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Is the Jet Age Over? (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 1)

If anything could stand-in as a primary culprit in the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus that is circling the globe with seemingly unprecedented speed, it might be the jet plane. By VANESSA SCHWARTZ

March 30th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Dispatches from the Melton Prior Institut (3)

Today: Le Petit Journal (February 1911), covering the devastating 1910/1911"pest" in Manchuria

March 29th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Locked into the present

Albeit everyone seems to believe otherwise, every crisis has a history. Hence this crisis has a history as well. BY MARK TERKESSIDIS

March 27th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Dispatches from the Melton Prior Institut (2)

Today: a reportage on the cholera in Hamburg in 1892 from the Illustrated London News.

March 27th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Collectivize Facebook

In our compromised and entangled ways, we try to keep going, trying to transmutate heteronomy into shades of autonomy. By SVEN LÜTTICKEN

March 26th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Dispatches from the Melton Prior Institut (1)

First delivery: an illustrated reportage on the cholera in Naples in 1884 from the Illustrated London News.

March 25th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Therapeutic nihilism

Beneath the current debates and statements about the "costs" of lockdowns and social distancing, beneath Trumpian disengagement from medical cure (in his attempt to decouple the health catastrophe of the pandemic from the "problem" of ecomomic repression and de-growth), there lurks the most vicious vision/version of "therapeutic nihilism."

March 25th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Medical internationalism

This weekend's news about 65 Cuban doctors, nurses and technicians arriving in Milan to support the Italian health system's struggle against the coronavirus are a forceful reminder of Fidel Castro's medical internationalism.

March 23rd, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Reconfiguring liveness

Perhaps live streaming should be reduced to the bare minimum: to tutorials around health and medical issues, to tele-meetings of the infected and vulnerable with their loved ones, to non-commercial online courses in the newly decentralized educational systems.

March 21st, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Pandemic vision

What if the irreversible situation in which the "world community" is now being united, forced to reimagine itself, has entailed a sudden leap in visibility regarding the global accumulation of crises - not primarily as a result of tireless research, political organizing, artistic productions etc., but rather as a correction of the collective sensorium on a gigantic scale?

March 20th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Remote relations, cultures of distance

Among the most unsettling attributes that have quickly gained notoriety (and poignancy) due to the the current crisis' new linguistic conventions  and discursive framings can be counted "from a distance" or "remote".

March 19th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Modelling the epidemic

In the current situation (and any comparable state of emergency caused by an epidemic) much of the existing hope hinges on the statistical and epidemiological sciences that model an event like this by means of computational processing.

March 18th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Image of exhaustion

A photograph of nurse Elena Pagliarini, fallen asleep, that was taken last week at the end of one of her shift at 6 a.m. in the emergency room of the hospital of Cremona, a particularly badly affected town in Lombardy.

March 17th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Towards the end of visual capitalism

By now, as to be expected from a news situation as engrossing as this one, the compulsion to reach an (or even the image) of the pandemic (if not the world history of pandemics), is tantamount...

March 16th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Livestock production, agrobusiness, travel, Corona

Marxist biologist Rob Wallace, founder of Structural One Health [...] renders – vividly and frighentingly – the broader context of the coronavirus crisis...

March 15th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Mutual aid

Pëtr Kropotkin's anarchist-anti-capitalist-commonist-animalist notion of "mutual aid" has been gaining traction for a while already...

March 15th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Corona ethics

An insightful contribution by Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos on the socio-ethical dimensions of the crisis...

March 15th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
AI and visual ramifications of the crisis

Among the countless troubling aspects of the Covid-19 crisis is the liberating effect it has on AI-based surveillance technologies and policies...

March 15th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Against quarantine

Angela Mitropoulos' article "Against Quarantine" is an important intervention in the debate around the COVID-19 crisis...

March 15th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
Dashboarding the crisis

As the Coronavirus crisis is evolving, it becomes harder to tell what kind of image the most publicised image of/on the crisis is exactly...

March 15th, 2020, 02 / Rosa Mercedes
February 2020: Carosse d’or

See German post

February 29th, 2020, Archive / Showcase
HaFI Presents #04: LEAVE ME ALONE, dir. Gerhard Theuring (1971 FRG), March 3, Arsenal Cinema

The screening is part of the #Forum 50 series of the Berlinale.

February 28th, 2020, Event / Projects
January 2020: Digitization from Harun Farocki Institut

A list of previous digitisations from the holdings of the HaFI

February 3rd, 2020, Archive / Showcase
HaFI Presents #03: DAS ANDERE KINO, dir. Adolf Winkelmann, Christian Rittelmeyer, (FRG 1969), January 12, Arsenal Cinema

Screening of the three-part WDR program on the “Other Cinema” (1969) - with Harun Farocki among others.

January 6th, 2020, Event / Projects
December 2019: Jetzt reklamefrei

see German post.

January 6th, 2020, Archive / Showcase
November 2019: Cinématon / Portrait de groupe

see German post.

December 16th, 2019, Archive / Showcase
HaFI Presents #02: HARD SELLING, dir. Harun Farocki, (FRG 1991), November 20, 2019, Arsenal Cinema

The first presentation of the unfinished film HARD SELLING by Harun Farocki, which was recently found in the HaFI archive.

November 15th, 2019, Event / Projects
[Launch] Crowdfunding: Publishing Farocki’s Writings together

You can support the printing of Farocki’s writings with a donation now.

November 13th, 2019, About us / Support
October 2019: Before Your Eyes – Vietnam

see German post.

November 12th, 2019, Archive / Showcase
September 2019: Die Sensation!

See German post.

September 27th, 2019, Archive / Showcase
HaFI Presents #01: NIEMANNS ZEIT – EIN DEUTSCHER HEIMATFILM, dir. Marion Schmid/Horst Kurnitzky, (FRG 1985), September 11, 2019, Arsenal Cinema

The Public Screening is now being continued with a curated program by Stefan Pethke.

September 2nd, 2019, Event / Projects
August 2019: WeltBild – a proposal by HaF

see German post.

August 31st, 2019, Archive / Showcase
HaFI 010: Werner Dütsch: WDR – As You See – Lola Montez

The booklet is dedicated to the WDR editor Werner Dütsch (1939-2018), who produced numerous films from Harun Farocki.

August 4th, 2019, Projects / Publication
Writings, Vol. 4: I have enough!

New publication: Volume 4 of Farocki's Writings.

August 4th, 2019, Projects / Publication
July 2019: Something about shot/countershot

see German post

July 30th, 2019, Archive / Showcase
June 2019: Duisburger Filmwoche, 1995

see German post.

June 30th, 2019, Archive / Showcase
Public Screening #14: HARUN FAROCKI – TAKE TWO, dir. Ingo Kratisch/Lothar Schuster, (G 2019), July 1, 2019, Arsenal Cinema

Premiere of the film and material unearthed in the archive of the Harun Farocki Institute will be shown beforehand.

June 28th, 2019, Event / Projects
e-flux journal: Navigation Beyond Vision I

The current issue 101 on “Navigation Beyond Vision” is now online.

June 28th, 2019, Projects / Publication
e-flux & HaFI Conference [video documentation]: Navigation Beyond Vision, April 5 & 6, 2019, HKW, Berlin

The video documentation is now online.

May 27th, 2019, Event / Projects
May 2019: Werner Dütsch: Film in Germany

see German post.

May 26th, 2019, Archive / Showcase
Congress, Academy, Archive viewings: The Whole Life: Archives and Reality, May 19-25, 2019, Dresden

What can archives do for today’s society? How are historical realities translated into contemporary narratives? Can transformation be archived?

May 7th, 2019, Event / Projects
April 2019: Biographical Note

Against Cinema, against Culture

April 30th, 2019, Archive / Showcase
Public Screening #13: A RUSTLING OF LEAVES: INSIDE THE PHILIPPINE REVOLUTION, dir. Nettie Wild, May 16, 2019, Arsenal Cinema

Wild's first longer film is set between the fronts of the 1980s revolution in the Philippines (...).

April 25th, 2019, Event / Projects
HaFI 009: Ingemo Engström / Gerhard Theuring: Escape Route to Marseilles

In 1977 Ingemo Engström and Gerhard Theuring embark on a journey through France. They trace the escape route of the German emigration in France 1940/41 (...).

April 24th, 2019, Projects / Publication
Archive Außer Sich: website online

HaFI is one of the participating institutions in Archive Außer Sich since 2017. A complete overview of our activities is now available on a dedicated website.

April 24th, 2019, Event / Projects
What is radical film? Radical Film Network Meeting Berlin, May 2-5, 2019, silent green: Program online

The meeting focuses on artistic/creative and political/ethical positions within global radical film cultures and video activism movements.

April 24th, 2019, Event / Projects
Dossier: Westdeutscher Rundfunk in the 1970s

Texts and documents concerning the production context at "Westdeutscher Rundfunk", Cologne

April 6th, 2019, Projects / Research
March 2019: DIE SCHLACHT, stage play in Basel, 1976

see German post.

March 22nd, 2019, Archive / Showcase
e-flux & HaFI Conference: Art After Culture: Navigation Beyond Vision, April 5 & 6, 2019, HKW, Berlin

Navigation begins where the map ends (...).

February 27th, 2019, Event / Projects
Public Screening #12: FOLIE ORDINAIRE D’UNE FILLE DE CHAM (1986, F), Jean Rouch, March 13, 2019, Arsenal Cinema

The film diverges from traditional ethnographic work and is instead a multi-layered media translation (...).

February 27th, 2019, Event / Projects
Film: INVISIBLE (2019) by Shirin Barghnavard

An experimental essay documentary film on the concept of “Nationality”.

February 26th, 2019, 2017 / Residency
Online publication: “Harun Farocki: Dialectics of Images” by Ali Hussein Al Adawy

Text excerpts.

February 25th, 2019, 2018 / Residency
February 2019: When the sea surges against the land

irregularly, not haphazardly

February 21st, 2019, Archive / Showcase
Radical Film Network Meeting, May 2-5, 2019, silent green, Berlin: OPEN CALL “What is Radical Film?”

Contributions from individuals and communities both inside and outside academia, from artists, activists, filmmakers, researchers, scientists and others are welcome.

January 30th, 2019, Event / Projects
January 2019: Kino 81, a TV program by the magazine FILMKRITIK

See German post.

January 12th, 2019, Archive / Showcase
December 2018: Werner Dütsch (1939 – 2018)

see German post.

January 7th, 2019, Archive / Showcase
Public Screening #11: CONTES ET COMPTES DE LA COUR, dir. Éliane de Latour (F 1993), January 9, 2019, Arsenal

The film portrays the four wives of a marabout in Niger, enclosed in the eponymous courtyard of a building complex. They manage to develop micro-economic strategies to form relationships with the exterior world.

January 3rd, 2019, Event / Projects
Letter to our supporters

In December 2018 we celebrated the three-year existence of HaFI together with the friends, the Farocki family, and our project partners...

January 3rd, 2019, About us / Support
November 2018: Video weekend with tapes by Jean-Luc Godard / Anne Marie Miéville

See German post. 

November 17th, 2018, Archive / Showcase
Event: Ali Hussein Al Adawy, November 29, 2018, silent green

The presentation "Harun Farocki As A Method" revisits films and artworks from Egypt and the context of the Arab world.

October 25th, 2018, 2018 / Event / Residency
Public Screening #10: Le Charbonnier/El-Faham: Mohamed Bouamari, November 1, 2018, Arsenal

A screening with Ali Hussein Al Adawy, the third Harun Farocki residency scholarship holder.

October 25th, 2018, Event / Projects
AntiColonial Records: October 25 & 26, 2018, Archive Kabinett, Berlin

A cooperation event with HaFI.

October 23rd, 2018, Event / Projects
October 2018: Nothing takes place but the place

As history continues, more and more marks are left on the surface of the earth.

October 18th, 2018, Archive / Showcase
September 2018: Ei wie süß die Kasse klingt

see German post.

September 30th, 2018, Archive / Showcase
Writings, Vol. 3: My Nights with the Leftists

see German post

September 29th, 2018, Projects / Publication
HaFI 008: Harun Farocki: On Ici et ailleurs

Godard stopped traveling to foreign countries, his camera must not even drive around much by car.

September 15th, 2018, Projects / Publication
[Third] HaFI residency fellow: Ali Hussein Al Adawy

From the beginning of September we will be welcoming Ali Hussein Al Adawy as the third fellowship holder of the Harun Farocki Residency in Berlin.

August 31st, 2018, 2018 / Residency
August 2018: A symposium on the journal FILMKRITIK

see German post.

August 30th, 2018, Archive / Showcase
Public Screening #09: Transit Levantkade: Rosemarie Blank: September 7, 2018, Arsenal Cinema

The film combines enacted scenes and historical material and is about the past and present of Levantkade in Amsterdam’s old harbor (...)

August 27th, 2018, Event / Projects
July 2018: From the research to INDUSTRIE + FOTOGRAFIE

see German post.

July 23rd, 2018, Archive / Showcase
Filmkritik: Index 1957–1974

See German post.

July 4th, 2018, Projects / Publication
Peter Lorre Retrospective: Screening and discussion with Felix Hofmann, July 19, 2018, Zeughaus Kino, Berlin

A discovery from Farocki’s estate will be shown on this occasion.

July 2nd, 2018, Event / Projects
Public Screening #08: Emile de Antonio: In the King of Prussia, July 11, 2018, Arsenal

A film about the legal process against the ‚Plowshares Eight‘, eight members of the Christian peace movement in US, who hammered a nuclear warhead to pieces at a weapon’s factory.

July 2nd, 2018, Event / Projects
Filmkritik at the Edit Film Culture! festival: Juli 7, 2018, silent green Kulturquartier

Jürgen Ebert will present and talk about the last unpublished issue of the magazine, Filmkritik No. 335-336, Nov-Dec 1984, now released on the occasion of "Edit Film Culture!".

June 30th, 2018, Event / Projects
Filmkritik, Issue 335/336, Nov/Dec 1984

With a delay of over 33 years the last unpublished issue of the magazine, Filmkritik No. 335-336, Nov-Dec 1984, will now appear. This edition is dedicated to the filmmaker Emile de Antonio.

June 30th, 2018, Projects / Publication
June 2018: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A CONSUMER

see German post.

June 30th, 2018, Archive / Showcase
May 2018: Teaching at dffb, 1986

See German post.

May 31st, 2018, Archive / Showcase
Public Screening #07: Robina Rose: Nightshift, May 30, 2018, Arsenal

Nightshift explored the work of women in relation to politics, film, desire, and society.

May 25th, 2018, Event / Projects
April 2018: TWO SISTERS

see German post.

April 30th, 2018, Archive / Showcase
HAFI 007: Filmkritik: Index: 1975–1984

A reprint of the yearly indexes from 1975 to 1983, supplemented by the the index for 1984 which was still missing.

April 24th, 2018, Projects / Publication
March 2018: BEFORE YOUR EYES VIETNAM, Screen Tests

see German post.

March 30th, 2018, Archive / Showcase
Public Screening #06: Skip Norman: selection of films, March 22, 2018, Arsenal

The titles of Norman's films all hint at the struggle to assert an Afro-American identity in a world shaped by whites.

March 15th, 2018, Event / Projects
February 2018: A letter to the Straubs (October 1977)

see German post.

February 10th, 2018, Archive / Showcase
January 2018: notes from numero deux

see German post.

January 22nd, 2018, Archive / Showcase
Farocki’s Living Room

The first edition of Rosa Mercedes online journal. An audio journey with Marianna Maruyama through the Farocki Now Academy in Berlin

January 9th, 2018, 01 / Rosa Mercedes
December 2017: Maximum Security University

See German post.

December 30th, 2017, Archive / Showcase
Public Screening #05: Ingo Kratisch: Logik des Gefühls, January 11, 2018, Arsenal

Logik des Gefühls: What happens? Nothing much. […] Where is it set? In an in-between space, between lost love and a coming love. Winter. Berlin. 1981.

December 22nd, 2017, Event / Projects
Writings, Vol. 2: Kaja Silverman / Harun Farocki: Speaking about Godard (German edition)

See German post.

December 16th, 2017, Projects / Publication
November 2017: Instructions on how to Pull off Police Helmets

News from the archive: INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO PULL OFF POLICE HELMETS and UNTITLED OR: NIXON COMES TO BERLIN, both made in 1969.

November 30th, 2017, Archive / Showcase
Event: Shirin Barghnavard, November 13, 2017, silent green

HaFi presents the film PROFESSION: DOCUMENTARIST, followed by a discussion between Shirin Barghnavard and Constanze Ruhm

November 7th, 2017, 2017 / Residency
October 2017: Ronny and Harun act up

see German post.

October 31st, 2017, Showcase
Farocki Now Academy: Live Action Role Play on October 21, 2017, silent green – OPEN CALL & registration

In the framework of the "Farocki Now" Academy, the UdK (University of the Arts) Berlin organises a LARP. Roles are still available upon registration.

October 17th, 2017, Event / Projects
[Second] HaFI residency fellow: Shirin Barghnavard

For the second Harun Farocki Residency we have invited the Tehran-based Iranian filmmaker and editor Shirin Barghnavard to Berlin for three months.

October 11th, 2017, 2017 / Residency
September 2017: TV presenter: INDUSTRIE + FOTOGRAFIE

see German post

September 30th, 2017, Archive / Showcase
Program: “Farocki Now: A Temporary Academy”, October 18-21, 2017, HKW & silent green, Berlin

A forum for workshops, presentations, and debates which explore the contemporary relevance of Harun Farocki’s work and thought, placing it in new contexts and activating its productive potential

September 18th, 2017, Event / Projects
Writings, Vol. 1: Harun Farocki: Ten, Twenty, Thirty, Fourty

See German post.

September 18th, 2017, Projects / Publication
Harun Farocki Retrospective

Tonight: Opening of the retrospective of Harun Farocki's work for cinema and television at Kino Arsenal.

September 15th, 2017, Event / Projects
HaFI 006: Christa Blümlinger/Harun Farocki: The ABCs of the Essay Film

From “A for Adorno” to “Z for Zidane” – an ABCs of the Essay Film accompanied by a short text Farocki wrote in 1987.

September 8th, 2017, Projects / Publication
HaFI 005: Harun Farocki: Before Your Eyes – Vietnam

A selection of materials pertaining to the film "Before Yor Eyes - Vietnam" introduced by a commentary penned by the Harun Farocki Institut.

September 8th, 2017, Projects / Publication
August 2017: The Liberation [Die Befreiung]

See German post.

August 31st, 2017, Archive / Showcase
July 2017: To all team members / The social contract [An alle Mitarbeiter / Der Sozialkontrakt]

See German post.

July 1st, 2017, Archive / Showcase
Public Screening #04: Shinsuke Ogawa: Nippon-koku Furuyashiki-mura, July 11, 2017, Arsenal

Political commitment, thirst for research and stamina. A film by Ogawa Productions.

June 26th, 2017, Event / Projects
Public Screening #03: Claudia von Alemann, Es kommt drauf an, sie zu verändern / Marta Rodríguez and Jorge Silva, Chircales, May 16, 2017, Arsenal

Factories and families as places of exploitation, which don’t just have to be interpreted but also changed.

May 16th, 2017, Event / Projects
HaFI 004: Gerhard Benedikt Friedl: An Approach by Helmut Färber

Documentary filmmaker Gerhard Benedikt Friedl describes Helmut Färber's method of teaching film history.

May 10th, 2017, Projects / Publication
HaFI 004 [Material]: Articles on Helmut Färber

Helmut Färber’s 80th anniversary was celebrated by some (German language) texts in the media

April 26th, 2017, Projects / Research
Public Screening #02: Ann and Eduardo Guedes et al. Rocinante, March 17, 2017, Arsenal

A mythological road movie, a squatter and hacker story.

March 17th, 2017, Event / Projects
Essay Film Festival 2017: Thinking Cinema on Television

See German post.

March 10th, 2017, Projects / Research
HaFI 002 [Material]: Kevin B. Lee

Kevin B. Lee about Farocki's working paper "What Ought to Be Done".

February 23rd, 2017, 2016 / Residency
Forum Expanded: Think Film No. 5: Archival Constellations, February 16, 2017, silent green

The talk will include the screening of "Ronny und Harun spielen Theater" which is a short documentary of a staged scene from “Etwas wird sichtbar” (“Before Your Eyes Vietnam”), 1982.

February 16th, 2017, Event / Projects
Kevin B. Lee in the Tageszeitung newspaper

See German post.

February 6th, 2017, 2016 / Residency
Presentation: Kevin B. Lee and Chloé Galibert-Laîné, February 6, 2017, FU Berlin

Formulating a poetic framework to explore the contemporary landscape of media and terror.

January 31st, 2017, 2016 / Residency
Report on the “light-typing lecture” by Kevin B. Lee, January 14, 2017, silent green

A brilliant (and moving) lesson of how to navigate a post-cinema small screen reality.

January 16th, 2017, 2016 / Residency
Public Screening #01: Ingemo Engström, Dark Spring, January 7, 2017, Arsenal

Harun Farocki saw the film in 1971 at the Hamburger Filmschau. In the succeeding years, he worked closely with Engström.

January 7th, 2017, Event / Projects
Event: Kevin B. Lee, January 14, 2017, silent green

Kevin B. Lee will give a „light-typing lecture“ introducing his works and practice.

January 6th, 2017, 2016 / Residency
Residency blog: Launch

The blog of the HaFI residency publishes the immediate and informal experiences made by the HaFI residency fellows.

January 6th, 2017, 2016 / Residency
Kevin B. Lee in the Süddeutschen Zeitung newspaper

See German post.

January 6th, 2017, 2016 / Residency
HaFI 003 [Material]: From the ARSENAL archiv

See German post.

November 30th, 2016, Projects / Research
[First] HaFI residency fellow: Kevin B. Lee

Kevin B. Lee will be the first guest of the Harun Farocki residency from the middle of December onwards

November 30th, 2016, 2016 / Residency
Exhibition: Learning Laboratories, December 3, 2016 – February 5, 2017, bak Utrecht

Architecture, Instructional Technology, and the Social Production of Pedagogical Space Around 1970

November 30th, 2016, Projects / Research
HaFI 003: Harun Farocki: On Display: Peter Weiss

Letters exchanged between Harun Farocki, Peter Weiss and Westdeutscher Runfunk (WDR): A glimpse at the production history of "On Display: Peter Weiss".

November 11th, 2016, Projects / Publication
HaFI 003 [Material]: Unedited interview sequences

For the Harun Farocki Institut, Peter Weiss’ 100th birthday on November 8, 2016 meant an opportunity to take a closer look at Farocki’s WDR program “On display: Peter Weiss”.

November 8th, 2016, Projects / Research
Photo documentation on Peter Weiss and Harun Farocki’s event, October 24, 2016, silent green

A guided tour followed by a screening and a talk with Carles Guerra and Bert Rebhandl.

November 1st, 2016, Event / Projects
HaFI 002 [Material]: Appeal for the creation of a national “cinemathèque”

See German post.

October 25th, 2016, Projects / Research
Event: Peter Weiss and Harun Farocki, October 24, 2016, silent green

We were isolated individuals and simultaneously subsumed into a totality* 


October 12th, 2016, Event / Projects
HaFI 002 [Material]: Reader’s letter from Werner Dütsch

See German post.

September 15th, 2016, Projects / Research
Curatorial Seminar: What is navigation? September 2016 – June 2017, HEAD, Geneva

‘What is navigation?’ inquires the curatorial seminar 2016/17 of the CCC Research-Based Master Programms / Visual Arts Department of HEAD – Geneva.

September 5th, 2016, Projects / Research
HaFI 002 [Material]: A Letter by Joachim von Mengershausen

Expropriating Television.

September 1st, 2016, Projects / Research
Farocki Now – A Temporary Academy, October 18-21, 2017, HKW & silent green

The Harun Farocki Institut organizes Farocki Now - A Temporary Academy as a component of the “Harun Farocki Retrospective”.

August 30th, 2016, Event / Projects
HaFI 002: Harun Farocki: What Ought to Be Done

A working paper by Farocki (1975/76), a commentary by Tom Holert, Doreen Mende and Volker Pantenburg followed by a letter by Peter Nestler.

August 17th, 2016, Projects / Publication
HaFI 001: Becoming visible

The Institut's first public appearance at Berlinale 2016. A graffiti by Harun Farocki.

February 7th, 2016, Projects / Publication
HaFI 000: A Day at the Archive

Material to investigate the present, the future past. Impressions from the archive of the Farocki Institut.

February 4th, 2016, Projects / Publication