Harun Farocki | the artist
The artist Harun Farocki
Born 1944, Novy Jicin, Czechoslovakia.
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany, .
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Deep Play provides the viewer with an unusual perspective on the beautiful game: football. The topic of the video is the 9 July 2006 World Cup Final between France and Italy at the Olympiastadion Berlin. Instead of focusing on the traditional aesthetic topic of beauty Farockis twelve-screen computational video examines the game through the eyes of expert and surveillance systems both human and computational, but mostly computational…
Images of the World
Harun Farocki was once described by Thomas Elsaesser as probably Germany’s best-known important filmmaker, after labouring for years as Germany’s best-known unknown filmmaker. It is perhaps ironic that this accolade comes to Farocki just as he seems to have left the film theatre emphatically behind and adopted the museum and gallery portals into the world of contemporary art as his chosen venue, and video installation as his chosen medium. If Farocki had not been so adept in the course of his long career at adapting to circumstance and making the best of what little funding and materials and venues of exhibition were available, such a move would come as a surprise. For Farocki is a filmmaker known for his late 60s agit-prop films against the Vietnam war, his didactic Marxist fiction features of the late 70s, and his highly diverse array of documentaries and essay films from the 80s and 90s…