Harun Farocki Retrospective


Following the opening of the exhibitions “Mit anderen Mitteln / By Other Means“, curated by Antje Ehmann und Carles Guerra at “neuer berliner kunstverein” (n.b.k.and “El Usman Faroqhi Here and a Yonder – On Finding Poise in Disorientation” at Savvy Contemporary this Wednesday, the comprehensive retrospective of Harun Farocki’s work for cinema and television starts tonight at Kino Arsenal. “Year by Year” and “Side by Side”, the two series that continue until the end of November, were curated by the Harun Farocki Institut together with Kino Arsenal (Stefanie Schulte Strathaus).

More information about tonight’s program and the films and TV productions that are screened in September is on the Arsenal’s website (here).

The website www.harunfarockiretrospektive.org provides an overview of the Harun Farocki Retrospective* which also includes the temporary Academy “Farocki Now” at “Haus der Kulturen der Welt” (HKW) and silent green.

Also today, at 5 pm, the exhibition “Harun Farocki und die Musik“ opens at Galerie Barbara Weiss.

* The Harun Farocki Retrospective is a project of the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.n cooperation with the Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art, the Harun Farocki Institut, the Harun Farocki GbR, the silent green Kulturquartier, the publishers Buchhandlung Walther König, Savvy Contemporary, and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt within the framework of the Berlin Art Week and is sponsored by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

September 15th, 2017, Event / Projects
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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
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