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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

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

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
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Projects

The HaFI initiates its own projects as an institute together with its network as well as in cooperation with institutional and individual partners. Their starting point can be themes or concepts from Harun Farocki, but also issues relating to documentary practices, changes in seeing and visibility, the work of images, and the work with images in general. Embedded in medium and long-term research processes, the projects are articulated in events and screenings, in publications, exhibitions, and educational offers.

HaFI 014: Harun Farocki: Hard Selling: Reframed by Elske Rosenfeld

In HaFI 014, artist Elske Rosenfeld reflects on the reading of the fragmentary archival materials for Farocki's unfinished film "Hard Selling" (1991) with her own text/image essay.

April 8th, 2021 — Projects / Publication
Radical Film Network Meeting Berlin: OPEN CALL Book “Radical Film at the Dawn of a New Society”

Contributions from individuals and communities both inside and outside of academia, in particular, from activists, artists, filmmakers, policymakers and researchers are welcome. Extended Deadline: February 15, 2021.

January 15th, 2021 — Projects / Publication
SILENT WORKS Winter School 2020: The Hidden Labor in AI-Capitalism: Program now online

Organized by the Berliner Gazette at Haus der Statistik from November 7 - 28, 2020. A cooperation with HaFI.

December 14th, 2020 — Projects / Event
HaFI booklets: translations

HaFI publications in Korean and Turkish

November 16th, 2020 — Projects / Publication
HaFI 013: Harun Farocki: On the History of Labor

A glimpse into the genesis of IMAGES OF THE WORLD AND THE INSCRIPTION OF WAR (1988). To be released shortly, HaFI 013 can already be ordered at Motto Books.

November 6th, 2020 — Projects / Publication
Winter School: Silent Works. The Hidden Labor in AI-Capitalism, November 7 to 28, 2020, Haus der Statistik, Berlin

Organized by the Berliner Gazette, the Winter School “Silent Works” investigates possibilities for re-inventing ‘the school’ along the lines of ‘the factory.’ 

November 4th, 2020 — Projects / Event
Workshop: Labour in a Single Shot, Oct. 3-Nov. 4, 2020, Berlin & Warsaw

The Open Call runs until September 25, 2020.

September 11th, 2020 — Projects / Event
Silent Works Event: Berlin als Technopolis, Sep. 23, 2020, Berlin

A panel discussion about Berlin vs. Amazon and the Berliner Gazette's Silent Works project, a partnership with HaFI.

September 11th, 2020 — Projects / Event
Symposium: The Right to a Public – Working with TV Archives, Sep. 23, 2020, Arsenal @ silent green

HaFI participation with a panel dedicated to Farocki and his TV collaboration with the WDR.

September 11th, 2020 — Projects / Event
HaFI 012: Ben Alper & Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa: Hiding in Plain Sight

How can, how should these images be looked at? And how do they unsettle the contemporary gaze?

September 1st, 2020 — Projects / Publication
AMERICA – Films from Elsewhere (ed. Shanay Jhaveri): HaFI Contribution

A dossier consisting of documents and images on the "prison images" complex from the HaFI archive, compiled by HaFI.

May 26th, 2020 — Projects / Publication
e-flux journal: Navigation Beyond Vision II

The issue #109 Navigation Beyond Vision II of the e-flux journal is now online.

May 26th, 2020 — Projects / Publication
HaFI 011: Frieda Grafe: Souvenirs, Origins, Found Fiction

A small selection of texts written by the outstanding film critic and translator Frieda Grafe, complemented by a speech from Harun Farocki.

April 22nd, 2020 — Projects / Publication
HaFI Presents #04: LEAVE ME ALONE, dir. Gerhard Theuring (1971 FRG), March 3, Arsenal Cinema

The screening is part of the #Forum 50 series of the Berlinale.

February 28th, 2020 — Projects / Event
HaFI Presents #03: DAS ANDERE KINO, dir. Adolf Winkelmann, Christian Rittelmeyer, (FRG 1969), January 12, Arsenal Cinema

Screening of the three-part WDR program on the “Other Cinema” (1969) - with Harun Farocki among others.

January 6th, 2020 — Projects / Event
HaFI Presents #02: HARD SELLING, dir. Harun Farocki, (FRG 1991), November 20, 2019, Arsenal Cinema

The first presentation of the unfinished film HARD SELLING by Harun Farocki, which was recently found in the HaFI archive.

November 15th, 2019 — Projects / Event
HaFI Presents #01: NIEMANNS ZEIT – EIN DEUTSCHER HEIMATFILM, dir. Marion Schmid/Horst Kurnitzky, (FRG 1985), September 11, 2019, Arsenal Cinema

The Public Screening is now being continued with a curated program by Stefan Pethke.

September 2nd, 2019 — Projects / Event
HaFI 010: Werner Dütsch: WDR – As You See – Lola Montez

The booklet is dedicated to the WDR editor Werner Dütsch (1939-2018), who produced numerous films from Harun Farocki.

August 4th, 2019 — Projects / Publication
Writings, Vol. 4: I have enough!

New publication: Volume 4 of Farocki's Writings.

August 4th, 2019 — Projects / Publication
Public Screening #14: HARUN FAROCKI – TAKE TWO, dir. Ingo Kratisch/Lothar Schuster, (G 2019), July 1, 2019, Arsenal Cinema

Premiere of the film and material unearthed in the archive of the Harun Farocki Institute will be shown beforehand.

June 28th, 2019 — Projects / Event
e-flux journal: Navigation Beyond Vision I

The current issue 101 on “Navigation Beyond Vision” is now online.

June 28th, 2019 — Projects / Publication
e-flux & HaFI Conference [video documentation]: Navigation Beyond Vision, April 5 & 6, 2019, HKW, Berlin

The video documentation is now online.

May 27th, 2019 — Projects / Event
Congress, Academy, Archive viewings: The Whole Life: Archives and Reality, May 19-25, 2019, Dresden

What can archives do for today’s society? How are historical realities translated into contemporary narratives? Can transformation be archived?

May 7th, 2019 — Projects / Event
Public Screening #13: A RUSTLING OF LEAVES: INSIDE THE PHILIPPINE REVOLUTION, dir. Nettie Wild, May 16, 2019, Arsenal Cinema

Wild's first longer film is set between the fronts of the 1980s revolution in the Philippines (...).

April 25th, 2019 — Projects / Event
HaFI 009: Ingemo Engström / Gerhard Theuring: Escape Route to Marseilles

In 1977 Ingemo Engström and Gerhard Theuring embark on a journey through France. They trace the escape route of the German emigration in France 1940/41 (...).

April 24th, 2019 — Projects / Publication
Archive Außer Sich: website online

HaFI is one of the participating institutions in Archive Außer Sich since 2017. A complete overview of our activities is now available on a dedicated website.

April 24th, 2019 — Projects / Event
What is radical film? Radical Film Network Meeting Berlin, May 2-5, 2019, silent green: Program online

The meeting focuses on artistic/creative and political/ethical positions within global radical film cultures and video activism movements.

April 24th, 2019 — Projects / Event
Dossier: Westdeutscher Rundfunk in the 1970s

Texts and documents concerning the production context at "Westdeutscher Rundfunk", Cologne

April 6th, 2019 — Projects / Research
e-flux & HaFI Conference: Art After Culture: Navigation Beyond Vision, April 5 & 6, 2019, HKW, Berlin

Navigation begins where the map ends (...).

February 27th, 2019 — Projects / Event
Public Screening #12: FOLIE ORDINAIRE D’UNE FILLE DE CHAM (1986, F), Jean Rouch, March 13, 2019, Arsenal Cinema

The film diverges from traditional ethnographic work and is instead a multi-layered media translation (...).

February 27th, 2019 — Projects / Event
Radical Film Network Meeting, May 2-5, 2019, silent green, Berlin: OPEN CALL “What is Radical Film?”

Contributions from individuals and communities both inside and outside academia, from artists, activists, filmmakers, researchers, scientists and others are welcome.

January 30th, 2019 — Projects / Event
Public Screening #11: CONTES ET COMPTES DE LA COUR, dir. Éliane de Latour (F 1993), January 9, 2019, Arsenal

The film portrays the four wives of a marabout in Niger, enclosed in the eponymous courtyard of a building complex. They manage to develop micro-economic strategies to form relationships with the exterior world.

January 3rd, 2019 — Projects / Event
Event: Ali Hussein Al Adawy, November 29, 2018, silent green

The presentation "Harun Farocki As A Method" revisits films and artworks from Egypt and the context of the Arab world.

October 25th, 2018 — Residency / 2018
Public Screening #10: Le Charbonnier/El-Faham: Mohamed Bouamari, November 1, 2018, Arsenal

A screening with Ali Hussein Al Adawy, the third Harun Farocki residency scholarship holder.

October 25th, 2018 — Projects / Event
AntiColonial Records: October 25 & 26, 2018, Archive Kabinett, Berlin

A cooperation event with HaFI.

October 23rd, 2018 — Projects / Event
Writings, Vol. 3: My Nights with the Leftists

see German post

September 29th, 2018 — Projects / Publication
HaFI 008: Harun Farocki: On Ici et ailleurs

Godard stopped traveling to foreign countries, his camera must not even drive around much by car.

September 15th, 2018 — Projects / Publication
Public Screening #09: Transit Levantkade: Rosemarie Blank: September 7, 2018, Arsenal Cinema

The film combines enacted scenes and historical material and is about the past and present of Levantkade in Amsterdam’s old harbor (...)

August 27th, 2018 — Projects / Event
Filmkritik: Index 1957–1974

See German post.

July 4th, 2018 — Projects / Publication
Peter Lorre Retrospective: Screening and discussion with Felix Hofmann, July 19, 2018, Zeughaus Kino, Berlin

A discovery from Farocki’s estate will be shown on this occasion.

July 2nd, 2018 — Projects / Event
Public Screening #08: Emile de Antonio: In the King of Prussia, July 11, 2018, Arsenal

A film about the legal process against the ‚Plowshares Eight‘, eight members of the Christian peace movement in US, who hammered a nuclear warhead to pieces at a weapon’s factory.

July 2nd, 2018 — Projects / Event
Filmkritik at the Edit Film Culture! festival: Juli 7, 2018, silent green Kulturquartier

Jürgen Ebert will present and talk about the last unpublished issue of the magazine, Filmkritik No. 335-336, Nov-Dec 1984, now released on the occasion of "Edit Film Culture!".

June 30th, 2018 — Projects / Event
Filmkritik, Issue 335/336, Nov/Dec 1984

With a delay of over 33 years the last unpublished issue of the magazine, Filmkritik No. 335-336, Nov-Dec 1984, will now appear. This edition is dedicated to the filmmaker Emile de Antonio.

June 30th, 2018 — Projects / Publication
Public Screening #07: Robina Rose: Nightshift, May 30, 2018, Arsenal

Nightshift explored the work of women in relation to politics, film, desire, and society.

May 25th, 2018 — Projects / Event
HAFI 007: Filmkritik: Index: 1975–1984

A reprint of the yearly indexes from 1975 to 1983, supplemented by the the index for 1984 which was still missing.

April 24th, 2018 — Projects / Publication
Public Screening #06: Skip Norman: selection of films, March 22, 2018, Arsenal

The titles of Norman's films all hint at the struggle to assert an Afro-American identity in a world shaped by whites.

March 15th, 2018 — Projects / Event
Public Screening #05: Ingo Kratisch: Logik des Gefühls, January 11, 2018, Arsenal

Logik des Gefühls: What happens? Nothing much. […] Where is it set? In an in-between space, between lost love and a coming love. Winter. Berlin. 1981.

December 22nd, 2017 — Projects / Event
Writings, Vol. 2: Kaja Silverman / Harun Farocki: Speaking about Godard (German edition)

See German post.

December 16th, 2017 — Projects / Publication
Farocki Now Academy: Live Action Role Play on October 21, 2017, silent green – OPEN CALL & registration

In the framework of the "Farocki Now" Academy, the UdK (University of the Arts) Berlin organises a LARP. Roles are still available upon registration.

October 17th, 2017 — Projects / Event
Program: “Farocki Now: A Temporary Academy”, October 18-21, 2017, HKW & silent green, Berlin

A forum for workshops, presentations, and debates which explore the contemporary relevance of Harun Farocki’s work and thought, placing it in new contexts and activating its productive potential

September 18th, 2017 — Projects / Event
Writings, Vol. 1: Harun Farocki: Ten, Twenty, Thirty, Fourty

See German post.

September 18th, 2017 — Projects / Publication
Harun Farocki Retrospective

Tonight: Opening of the retrospective of Harun Farocki's work for cinema and television at Kino Arsenal.

September 15th, 2017 — Projects / Event
HaFI 006: Christa Blümlinger/Harun Farocki: The ABCs of the Essay Film

From “A for Adorno” to “Z for Zidane” – an ABCs of the Essay Film accompanied by a short text Farocki wrote in 1987.

September 8th, 2017 — Projects / Publication
HaFI 005: Harun Farocki: Before Your Eyes – Vietnam

A selection of materials pertaining to the film "Before Yor Eyes - Vietnam" introduced by a commentary penned by the Harun Farocki Institut.

September 8th, 2017 — Projects / Publication
Public Screening #04: Shinsuke Ogawa: Nippon-koku Furuyashiki-mura, July 11, 2017, Arsenal

Political commitment, thirst for research and stamina. A film by Ogawa Productions.

June 26th, 2017 — Projects / Event
Public Screening #03: Claudia von Alemann, Es kommt drauf an, sie zu verändern / Marta Rodríguez and Jorge Silva, Chircales, May 16, 2017, Arsenal

Factories and families as places of exploitation, which don’t just have to be interpreted but also changed.

May 16th, 2017 — Projects / Event
HaFI 004: Gerhard Benedikt Friedl: An Approach by Helmut Färber

Documentary filmmaker Gerhard Benedikt Friedl describes Helmut Färber's method of teaching film history.

May 10th, 2017 — Projects / Publication
HaFI 004 [Material]: Articles on Helmut Färber

Helmut Färber’s 80th anniversary was celebrated by some (German language) texts in the media

April 26th, 2017 — Projects / Research
Public Screening #02: Ann and Eduardo Guedes et al. Rocinante, March 17, 2017, Arsenal

A mythological road movie, a squatter and hacker story.

March 17th, 2017 — Projects / Event
Essay Film Festival 2017: Thinking Cinema on Television

See German post.

March 10th, 2017 — Projects / Research
Forum Expanded: Think Film No. 5: Archival Constellations, February 16, 2017, silent green

The talk will include the screening of "Ronny und Harun spielen Theater" which is a short documentary of a staged scene from “Etwas wird sichtbar” (“Before Your Eyes Vietnam”), 1982.

February 16th, 2017 — Projects / Event
Public Screening #01: Ingemo Engström, Dark Spring, January 7, 2017, Arsenal

Harun Farocki saw the film in 1971 at the Hamburger Filmschau. In the succeeding years, he worked closely with Engström.

January 7th, 2017 — Projects / Event
HaFI 003 [Material]: From the ARSENAL archiv

See German post.

November 30th, 2016 — Projects / Research
Exhibition: Learning Laboratories, December 3, 2016 – February 5, 2017, bak Utrecht

Architecture, Instructional Technology, and the Social Production of Pedagogical Space Around 1970

November 30th, 2016 — Projects / Research
HaFI 003: Harun Farocki: On Display: Peter Weiss

Letters exchanged between Harun Farocki, Peter Weiss and Westdeutscher Runfunk (WDR): A glimpse at the production history of "On Display: Peter Weiss".

November 11th, 2016 — Projects / Publication
HaFI 003 [Material]: Unedited interview sequences

For the Harun Farocki Institut, Peter Weiss’ 100th birthday on November 8, 2016 meant an opportunity to take a closer look at Farocki’s WDR program “On display: Peter Weiss”.

November 8th, 2016 — Projects / Research
Photo documentation on Peter Weiss and Harun Farocki’s event, October 24, 2016, silent green

A guided tour followed by a screening and a talk with Carles Guerra and Bert Rebhandl.

November 1st, 2016 — Projects / Event
HaFI 002 [Material]: Appeal for the creation of a national “cinemathèque”

See German post.

October 25th, 2016 — Projects / Research
Event: Peter Weiss and Harun Farocki, October 24, 2016, silent green

We were isolated individuals and simultaneously subsumed into a totality* 


October 12th, 2016 — Projects / Event
HaFI 002 [Material]: Reader’s letter from Werner Dütsch

See German post.

September 15th, 2016 — Projects / Research
Curatorial Seminar: What is navigation? September 2016 – June 2017, HEAD, Geneva

‘What is navigation?’ inquires the curatorial seminar 2016/17 of the CCC Research-Based Master Programms / Visual Arts Department of HEAD – Geneva.

September 5th, 2016 — Projects / Research
HaFI 002 [Material]: A Letter by Joachim von Mengershausen

Expropriating Television.

September 1st, 2016 — Projects / Research
Farocki Now – A Temporary Academy, October 18-21, 2017, HKW & silent green

The Harun Farocki Institut organizes Farocki Now - A Temporary Academy as a component of the “Harun Farocki Retrospective”.

August 30th, 2016 — Projects / Event
HaFI 002: Harun Farocki: What Ought to Be Done

A working paper by Farocki (1975/76), a commentary by Tom Holert, Doreen Mende and Volker Pantenburg followed by a letter by Peter Nestler.

August 17th, 2016 — Projects / Publication
HaFI 001: Becoming visible

The Institut's first public appearance at Berlinale 2016. A graffiti by Harun Farocki.

February 7th, 2016 — Projects / Publication
HaFI 000: A Day at the Archive

Material to investigate the present, the future past. Impressions from the archive of the Farocki Institut.

February 4th, 2016 — Projects / Publication