Writings, Vol. 4: I have enough!

As an editor and author of Filmkritik, Harun Farocki wrote more than 90 articles for the journal between 1976 and 1985 and shaped its character as a platform for polemic and partisan film thinking. Volume 4 of the Writings reprints all his contributions to Filmkritik from this period, complemented by the radio play “The Big Connecting Pipe” and writing related to his teaching at “Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin” (DFFB). The book allows insights into the context of his films BETWEEN TWO WARS (1978) and BEFORE YOUR EYES – VIETNAM (1982) and shows Farocki’s perspective on the commodification of post-68 counterculture in West Berlin and the FRG in the 1970s. It contains a contextualising essay by editor Volker Pantenburg.

New publication:

Harun Farocki: Ich habe genug! Texte 1976–1985, hg. von Volker Pantenburg, Köln: Walther König 2019 [= Harun Farocki: Schriften, Bd. 4] (erhältlich hier)

August 4th, 2019, Projects / Publication
Interface

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

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;
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;

and much more…

January 6th, 2020, HaFI
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