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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 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, 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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In December 2018 we celebrated the three-year existence of HaFI together with the friends, the Farocki family, and our project partners, who all energetically supported the institute since its founding in the fall of 2015. We very much look forward to the further projects and cooperations in the coming years. The financing for some of them has already been secured, others not.

In this connection we would like to remind you that as a charitable organization we do not generate any commercial income. We are currently working on the future financing of the institute in order to further guarantee our independent work. We will update this section according to developments. The letter to our supporters is now available as a PDF here. 

Meanwhile the work of the Harun Farocki Institut can be supported with a donation at any time. Donations can be transferred to the account of the foundation trust Harun Farocki Institut:

Weberbank Berlin
IBAN: DE31 1012 0100 1004 0723 62
BIC: WELADED1WBB

In accordance with the notice of non-liability for tax issued by the Tax Office for Corporate Bodies I Berlin, from January 21, 2016, the foundation Harun Farocki Institut is entitled to issue donation receipts. Donations can thus be claimed against the tax and can be employed for the intended purpose without the deduction of administration costs.

We also offer the option of establishing a personal foundation fund. The member of the Board of Directors Tom Holert is available for confidential and non-binding queries: tom.holert@harun-farocki-institut.org