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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 / Publication
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
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
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 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
e-flux journal: Navigation Beyond Vision I

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

June 28th, 2019 — Projects / Publication
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
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
Filmkritik: Index 1957–1974

See German post.

July 4th, 2018 — Projects / Publication
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
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
Writings, Vol. 2: Kaja Silverman / Harun Farocki: Speaking about Godard (German edition)

See German post.

December 16th, 2017 — Projects / Publication
Writings, Vol. 1: Harun Farocki: Ten, Twenty, Thirty, Fourty

See German post.

September 18th, 2017 — Projects / Publication
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
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 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 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