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Avery F. Gordon, in an interview conducted by Katherine Hite and Daniela Jara in Memory Studies:  “Non-participation is one modality of what I call being in-difference. Being in-difference is a political consciousness and a sensuous knowledge, a standpoint and a mindset for living on better terms than we’re offered, for living as if you had the necessity and the freedom to do so, for living in the acknowledgement that, despite the overwhelming power of all the systems of domination which are trying to kill us, they never quite become us. They are, as Cedric J Robinson used to say, only one condition of our existence or being. Running away, living apart, squatting, communing, feral trading, bartering, self-managed currencies, human, debt, labour, knowledge strikes, boycott, divestment, non-policing, throwing your shoe at an occupying president: the ways of non-participation in the given order of things are many, varied and hard to summarize. And they are taken up for a variety of reasons, including the failure or irrelevance of states and the US–European post–World War II social movement model.”

July 7th, 2020, Tom

Denise Ferreira da Silva via Canadian Art: “Visuality or rather visualizability—being available via social media and accessible through electronic gadgets—seems to have become the main (if not the sole) criterion for reality, which becomes crucial for the ethical-political demands for the protection of black lives, for state accountability and for justice. If that is so, the only way is through these conditions of representation. I mean, the creative move first takes the visualizable as it is, that is, as a twice removed re/composition (at the same time a live streaming, news reporting and documenting) of the scene of violence which only tells us that it happens. It exposes the excess that is the state’s use of total violence, of law enforcement as technique of racial subjugation, while simultaneously removing the black person (the father, the sister, the friend) out of the scene of violence and its visualization. It does so by restoring the dimensions of their existence that the camera cannot capture. That is, the creative move must protect (as an ethical gesture) the black person (keeping her obscurity) in the excess that is the very visualization of the scene of total violence.”

June 28th, 2020, Tom

Ajay Singh Chaudhary on the politics of climate change, via The Baffler: “One of the most common misconceptions concerning climate change is that it produces, or even requires, a united humanity. In that tale, the crisis in the abstract is a ‘common enemy,’ and a perfectly universal subject is finally possible in coming to ‘experience’ ourselves ‘as a geological agent,’ through which a universal ‘we’ is constituted in a ‘shared sense of catastrophe.’ The story I am telling you is different. In this story, there is no universal ‘we.’ Climate change is not the apocalypse, and it does not fall on all equally, or even, in at least a few senses, on everyone at all.”

June 23rd, 2020, Tom
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The Harun Farocki Institut is part of an informal network of individuals, groups, and institutions which feel connected to the person, the ideas, and the work of Harun Farocki. The HaFI does not “represent” this network, however it is happy to work as its agent, mediator, and facilitator. As a formally registered organization the HaFI may have its official bodies and committees, however it effectively extends beyond the borders of this – very moderate – organizational infrastructure.

Anyone who shares one or all of the institute’s concerns can and should feel themselves to be a member of the HaFI. Since the founding phase of the HaFI there have been numerous meeting of the network and information about the institute’s activities have been disseminated within the network via newsletters, Facebook, and the website. At the same time the network is the most important resource for the work of the institute. Suggestions, criticism, proposals, project ideas, and cooperation concepts from the network are essential if the HaFI is to develop.

Institutions belonging to the HaFI network include:

Archive Books/Archive Kabinett

Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V.

basis voor actuele kunst (bak)

buerodb.de

CCC Research Master and PhD-Forum, Visual Arts Department, HEAD Genève

Deutsche Kinemathek

Dutch Art Institute

e-flux Journal

Europäische Medienwissenschaft, Potsdam

Goethe-Institut

Harun Farocki GbR

Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin

MASS Alexandria

Motto Books

neuer berliner kunstverein (n.b.k.)

Radical Film Network Meeting Berlin

ruangrupa

SAVVY contemporary

silent green Kulturquartier

School of Theater, Film and Media Arts, Temple University