Paul B. Preciado on Indigenous models for “stopping the world,” via Artforum: “Every culture has invented procedures for isolation, for fasting, for breaking the rhythms of eating, sexual activity, and production. Those caesuras serve as techniques for modifying subjectivity, activating a process that disrupts perception and feeling and can ultimately generate a transformation, a new way of becoming. Certain languages of Indigenous shamanism call this process ‘stopping the world.’ And that is literally what happened during the Covid-19 crisis. The capitalist mode briefly stopped. […] we could say (drawing on the Brazilian anthropologist Eduardo Viveiros de Castro’s analysis of Tupi rituals and shamanic practices) that they usually include at least three stages. In the first, the subject is confronted with their mortality; in the second, they see their position in the trophic chain and perceive the energetic connections that unite all living things; in the final stage, they radically modify their desire, which will perhaps allow them to transform, to become someone else.”
July 26th, 2020, Tom
On the occasion of the film festival “Reconstructing Realities,” the Broadway Cinematheque in Hong Kong will show the film “How to live in FRG” (1990) from Harun Farocki.
The screening will take place on Saturday, July 11, 2:30 pm (local time) at the Goethe Institut Hong Kong.
Online booklet: https://bit.ly/bcXForum50
Reconstructing Realities – A Film Programme to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Berlinale Forum
The screening will be followed by the talk “Harun Farocki’s Imitations of Life” with Doreen Mende, co-founder of the Harun Farocki Institut.
Time: Jul 11, 2020 04:00 pm Hong Kong SAR / 10:00 am Berlin time
The talk will be held on Zoom, registration here: https://forms.gle/tyLfKLwBYNUutoLz6
After registration, you will receive an email with the link and the login information to join the talk.
July 8th, 2020, HaFI
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
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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:
IBAN: DE31 1012 0100 1004 0723 62
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: firstname.lastname@example.org