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
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.)”via
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
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)
CCC Research Master and PhD-Forum, Visual Arts Department, HEAD Genève
Dutch Art Institute
Europäische Medienwissenschaft, Potsdam
Harun Farocki GbR
Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin
neuer berliner kunstverein (n.b.k.)
Radical Film Network Meeting Berlin
silent green Kulturquartier
School of Theater, Film and Media Arts, Temple University
SFB (Collaborative Research Center) Practices of Comparing, Bielefeld University