January 9, 2017 - LiFE – submarine base in Saint-Nazaire - Harun Farocki: Deep Play
January 9, 2017

LiFE – submarine base in Saint-Nazaire

Harun Farocki, Deep Play, 2007. FNAC 10-1108, loan from The Centre national des arts plastiques. © Harun Farocki Filmproduktion, Berlin / Cnap. Photo: àngels barcelona, Barcelona.

Harun Farocki
Deep Play
January 13–March 26, 2017

Conference: "Art is a combat sport": February 9, 7pm, Jean-Marc Huitorel, art critic
Symposium: "Images, archives, clues. About the cinema of Harun Farocki and other artistic practices.": March 17, organised with the Master’s programme in Critical and Curatorial Studies
Rennes 2 University

LiFE – submarine base in Saint-Nazaire
Boulevard de la Légion d'Honneur
Alveole 14
44600 Saint-Nazaire
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday–Sunday 2–7pm

T +33 2 40 00 41 68


Deep Play is an artwork from The Centre national des arts plastiques (National Centre for Visual Arts, Cnap, Paris) collection.

On July 9, 2006 France and Italy met in the final of the football World Cup. A truly global media event: the two teams in the match were the focus of attention for several million people all viewing the same images on live television.

Artist Harun Farocki revisits this moment of planetary collective cohesion in Deep Play, a 12-screen video installation given full measure in the space of the LiFE. Multiplying disparate sources such as previously unseen views from surveillance cameras, computers and simulators, he simultaneously shows us behind the scenes of both the match and an information society built upon the image industry.

Playing on the links between the real and its representation, the installation questions the mechanisms that construct points of view, the fabrication of information and the production of reality.

In view of the expansion of new technologies in recent years Deep Play, although created in 2006, remains startlingly current.

Filmmaker, artist and theorist, Harun Farocki (1944–2014) is a key figure in studies of the media. In the 1990s, he began to create installations that analyse the construction of images and question their reception through archives, images of industry and warfare, or extracts from well-known films.

Harun Farocki is represented by Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris and àngels barcelona, Barcelona

Exhibition curator:
Sophie Legrandjacques, director of Le Grand Café, contemporary art centre

LiFE – submarine base in Saint-Nazaire
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