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
Interface

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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