January 2020: Digitization from Harun Farocki Institut

Between 2016 and 2019 we digitized the following film and video materials from the archive of the Harun Farocki Institut:

 

RONNY AND HARUN ACT UP (1982)
6 min
16mm reversal film, color, magnetic tape
2K digitization, October 2016

Documentation of a performance from the trailer made for BEFORE YOUR EYES – VIETNAM. It took place in the foyer of the Delphi-Theater on the occasion of the screening of the film at the Berlinale Forum. Actors: Ronny Tanner and Harun Farocki.

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ON DISPLAY: PETER WEISS (1979)
62 min
16mm, b/w, magnetic tape
2K digitization, October 2016

Film shooting in Stockholm. Unused interview material from ON DISPLAY: PETER WEISS.
In conversation: Peter Weiss and Harun Farocki.

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HARD SELLING (1991)
21/22 min (two slightly differing versions)
S-VHS, colour, sound
digitization, September 2017

An unfinished film by Farocki from 1991. Farocki travels through Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern with Adidas representative Klaus Glahn. Car trips through the “new states,” talks between Farocki and Glahn in the car, visits of chain stores by the salesman, who is supposed to build up a network of retailers after the fall of the wall.

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CONVERSATION WITH GISELA TROWE (ca. 1983)
14 min
16mm reversal, color, magnetic tape
2K digitization, April 2018

Gisela Trowe played a small role in Peter Lorre’s film THE LOST ONE. For the WDR production THE DOUBLE FACE OF PETER LORRE (1984) Farocki and Felix Hofmann filmed a conversation with her. The material was not used in the finished programme.

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SCREEN TESTS: BEFORE YOUR EYES – VIETNAM (ca. 1980)
16 min
16mm, s/w, magnetic tape
2K digitization, June 2019

Actresses and an actor rehearsing for the film BEFORE YOUR EYES – VIETNAM (1982).

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IMAGES/HISTORIES (ca. 1987)
Shooting of “Images of the world and inscription of war”
20 min
16mm reversal, colour, magnetic tape
2K digitization, October 2019

A group of school children visits the museum collection of antiquities. Under the guidance of a museum educator, a blind girl describes two statues – one made of bronze, one of marble. The material was presumably shot for IMAGES-WAR (1987) and IMAGES OF THE WORLD AND THE INSCRIPTION OF WAR (1988), but was not used in the finished film.

 

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The digitization work made between 2017 and 2019 was realized within the framework of Archive außer sich, a project of Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art in cooperation with Haus der Kulturen der Welt as part of The New Alphabet, a HKW project supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media due to a ruling of the German Bundestag.

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February 3rd, 2020 — Archive / Showcase
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On Friday, April 6, 2021, at 8 p.m., Akademie Schloss Solitude will host a Zoom event with former HaFI Residency fellowship holder Shirin Barghnavard about her film “Invisible” (2017). Moderated by Doreen Mende. To register, click here.

April 14th, 2021

The magazine MONOPOL currently features an interview (in German) with Shirin Barghnavard about her film “Invisible,” which she conceived and shot during her HaFI residency in 2017.

April 14th, 2021

via Hyperallergic on the environmental impact of blockchain referring to recent NFT (non-fungible token) art sales: “This is not the first time the art world has come under scrutiny for being on the wrong side of the climate conversation. Artists and activists have protested everything from the carbon footprint of physical art fairs to the fossil fuel money funding major museums. But some say the energy consumption of cryptocurrencies is particularly egregious, and research shows it’s relatively easily quantifiable. A study by Cambridge University, for instance, estimates that bitcoin uses more electricity per year than the entire nation of Argentina. (Ethereum mining consumes a quarter to half of what Bitcoin mining does, but one transaction uses more power than an average US household in a day, according to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.)”

 

Nicholas Mirzoeff on “Artificial vision, white space and racial surveillance capitalism”: “Based as it is on ‘epidermalization’ (the assertion of absolute difference based on relative differences in skin color), AI’s racial surveillance deploys an all-too-familiar racialized way of seeing operating at plan-etary scale. It is the plantation future we are now living in. All such operations take place in and via the new imagined white space of technology known as the cloud. In reality, a very material arrangement of servers and cables, the cloud is both an engine of high-return low-employment capitalism and one of the prime drivers of carbon emissions.”

 

Sara Ahmed on the performativity of disgust (from The Cultural Politics of Emotion, 2004): “To name something as disgusting is to transfer the stickiness of the word ‘disgust’ to an object, which henceforth becomes generated as the very thing that is spoken. The relationship between the stickiness of the sign and the stickiness of the object is crucial to the performativity of disgust as well as the apparent resistance of disgust reactions to ‘newness’ in terms of the generation of different kinds of objects. The object that is generated as a disgusting (bad) object through the speech act comes to stick. It becomes sticky and acquires a fetish quality, which then engenders its own effects.”

November 7th, 2020
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