HaFI 010: Werner Dütsch: WDR – As You See – Lola Montez
Werner Dütsch, together with other commissioning editors of the film department of Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) Cologne, devoted his work to the past and present of the cinema like few others. The editors served as initiators and co-producers, organizing retrospectives of film classics on television as well as accompanying educational film programs (precursors of what are now called “video essays,” flourishing on the Internet); they were mediators and door openers. In the 25 years between “Industry and Photography” (1979) and “Nothing Ventured” (2004), Dütsch has collaborated with Farocki on 15 films.
The publication Werner Dütsch. WDR – As You See – Lola Montez features three texts: an autobiographical essay by Dütsch on his work at the WDR film unit; a concise, as yet unpublished essay on Farocki’s film “As You See” (1986) and a comprehensive review that Farocki wrote after the publication of the book “Lola Montez. Eine Filmgeschichte” written by Dütsch and Martina Müller. The booklet also contains a selected bibliography of Dütsch’s writings and an extensive list of the films and film series he supervised at WDR.
HaFI 010 can be ordered at Motto Books here.
August 4th, 2019, Projects / Publication
After all the buzz and clamor caused by the 2019 re-opening of the extended MoMA and the much celebrated rehang of its permanent collection, N+1 publishes a sobering curatorial fantasy (by Claire Bishop and Nikki Columbus) on what should have been done instead to come to terms with the “outrageous disconnect between saying and doing at this museum—the brazen hypocrisy and superficial multiculturalism.”
January 8th, 2020, HaFI
Heute um 18 Uhr hält Volker Pantenburg den Vortrag “‘Zusammensetzen und auseinandernehmen’. Arbeit mit dem Para-Archiv des Harun Farocki Instituts” an der Universität der Künste in Berlin.
January 7th, 2020, HaFI
You have probably watched Ricky Gervais yesterday’s Golden Globe speech already, or read about it, so this is not exactly news to you. Still, it deserves mentioning and posting, particularly if you haven’t seen it yet, notwithstanding all its shortcomings. If simply for the fact that Gervais here shows a welcome (and rare) structural, dialectic, and pretty pitiless understanding of
a) his own debatable role at the ceremony and in the industry as such;
January 6th, 2020, HaFI
b) the game-shifting changes in the media industry caused by monopoly digital streaming platforms such as Netflix, Amazon, Apple;
c) the necessity to (once again) question the public performance of the political amid the liberal Hollywood establishment;
d) the systemic contradiction between “progressive” media content (“quality TV”) and the outrageously destructive economies and technologies on which this content and its providers gleefully rely;
e) the blatant inconsistency in the actions of the media industry people when it comes to not only complaining about racism but actually fight it;