Against What? Against Whom?
This is the first UK exhibition of the two-screen and multi-screen works of revered German filmmaker Harun Farocki. The survey comprises nine video installations, from his first two-screen project in 1995 to Immersion, 2009, about the use of virtual reality in the treatment of traumatised US soldiers following the occupation of Iraq.
Working since the sixties, Farocki (born in 1944, living in Berlin) has pioneered what can be described as the film essay. Beginning as an argument (often about the effects on the individual of capitalism, consumerism, technology or war) his films digress anecdotally into associated subject matter, becoming open-ended rather than polemical. Farocki's films also reflect on the way in which our culture constructs photographic and moving images, and the uses to which these images are put.
In the mid-nineties, Farocki began making films for two, and occasionally more, screens. Above all, this enabled him to use images to comment on images. Designed to be installed and looped, these films address the critical engagement of viewers at large in an art gallery.