Call for Donations: Farocki’s Writings: English Edition: Volume 1: Autobiography

The first volume of Farocki’s writings “Ten, twenty, thirty, forty. Fragment of an Autobiography” was met with a very positive response since its publication in 2017. “It is an impressive piece of prose that Farocki presents here,” wrote Ulrich Kriest in konkret. Andreas Richartz spoke of a “literary sensation”. Further, he says: “Farocki’s text must be considered sensational above all because it shows how finely this image analyst is able to articulate not only his own history in retrospect, down to unimaginable densities of detail, but also an unexpected history of the Federal Republic of Germany from the late 1950s to the early 1980s.”

Outside German-speaking countries, a rapidly growing interest in a translation has been expressed. Together with the Berlin publisher Archive Books, we are now preparing the publication of a translation of the autobiography edited by Marius Babias and Antje Ehmann.

With a donation you can support our work on the English autobiography

Account holder: Stiftung Harun Farocki Institut
at Weberbank Berlin
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Thanks in advance for your support!

September 15th, 2020, About us / Support

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  “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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