[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. Kevin B. Lee (*1975) is one of the most well known and productive protagonists in the field now known as “Videographic Film Studies”, or more generally, the “Video Essay” genre.

Over the last ten years Lee has produced more than 300 short, analytical videos in which film reflects on film, sounds and images comment on, analyse and criticise other sounds and images. Furthermore, he is also one of the few people who knows the history of this form and is familiar with the forerunners of this genre such as Harun Farocki or Helmut Färber. In Interface 2.0. (2012), Lee extends Farocki’s reciprocal reflection on film and video (Schnittstelle / Interface) with the digital interface of Final Cut and considers how word and image relate to each other under the changed conditions.

Since 2013, within the context of two Master programmes at the Art Institute (Chicago), Lee has moved beyond the film-critical framework in the narrow sense to explore a further field. A much respected result of this work is Transformers. The Premake, a 24 minute Internet video which arranges a wealth of material available online (fan videos, Wikipedia entries, Tweets etc.) into a “desktop documentary” which, two weeks before the premiere of Michael Bay’s film, presents a critical production history of the film.
Here, as in his other work, Lee demonstrates – in addition to his technical accomplishment and astounding productivity – a consciousness for the forms of circulation, the economics and politics of every (including his own) image production.

The Harun Farocki residency has been made possible through the financing of the Goethe-Institut.

November 30th, 2016, 2016 / Residency
Interface

“An image like a painting by ERRO.” (From the script of an early version of BEFORE YOUR EYES – VIETNAM.) See here (in German)

September 3rd, 2017, Volker

“This film is made without being commissioned by any institution, without prize money and without financial aid.” (HaF about “Between two Wars”) See here (in German).

July 1st, 2017, Volker
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