Launch of e-flux journal No. 70 with a talk by Hito Steyerl and screening of Harun Farocki’s Parallel I-IV

Launch of e-flux journal No. 70 with a talk by Hito Steyerl and screening of Harun Farocki’s Parallel I-IV

Launch of e-flux journal No. 70 with a talk by Hito Steyerl and screening of Harun Farocki’s Parallel I-IV
February 5, 2016

Please join us for a talk by Hito Steyerl on the future museum and planetary civil war, followed by a screening of Harun Farocki’s Parallel I–IV (2012–2014).

“One might think that the active historical role of a tank would be over once it became part of a historical display. But this pedestal seems to have acted as temporary storage from which the tank could be redeployed directly into battle. Apparently, the way into the museum—or even into history itself—is not a one-way street. Is the museum a garage? An arsenal? Is a monument pedestal a military base?”

—Hito Steyerl, “A Tank on a Pedestal: Museums in an Age of Planetary Civil War,” e-flux journal no. 70 (February 2016)

Parallel I–V, Harun Farocki

Parallel I Color, 16 min., 2012 Parallel II Color, 9 min., 2014 Parallel III Color, 7 min., 2014 Parallel IV Color, 11 min., 2014 | Courtesy Antje Ehmann / Harun Farocki Filmproduktion and Greene Naftali Gallery, New York

“This series reflects on elements of game worlds, on polygons, NPC’s, 8-bit graphics, arse physics and unilateral surfaces. Ok, I made up the arse physics, sorry. Paralell I–IV sketches the first draft of a history of computer-generated images that is still emerging as we speak. It skims the surfaces of virtual worlds and coolly scans their glitches. Paralell I–IV is so humble, so concise, so charming and bloody fantastic that I could go on about it for hours. You are so lucky it hasn’t got arse physics or else I would.”

—Hito Steyerl, “Beginnings,” e-flux journal no. 59—”Harun Farocki” (November 2014)

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War & Conflict, Museums
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Hito Steyerl is a filmmaker, moving-image artist, writer, and innovator of the essay documentary. Her principal topics of interest are media, technology, and the global circulation of images. Through her writing practice, films, and performative lectures, Steyerl considers the status of the image in an increasingly global and technological world.

Harun Farocki (1944–2014) was born in German-annexed Czechoslovakia. From 1966 to 1968, he attended the Deutsche Film-und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB). In addition to teaching posts in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Manila, Munich, and Stuttgart, he was a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Farocki made close to 120 short and feature-length films for television and cinema, mostly documentaries and essay films that analyzed social realities, with a precise use of moving images and focus on the political and sociological context involved in the creation of imagery. He also worked in collaboration with other filmmakers as a scriptwriter, actor, and producer. In 1976, he staged Heiner Müller’s plays The Battle and Tractor together with Hanns Zischler in Basel, Switzerland. Between 1974 to 1984, he was editor and contributing author of the magazine Filmkritik (München). His work has been shown in many exhibitions in galleries and museums worldwide. From 2000 to 2004 Farocki taught in Berlin at his former school DFFB and at the University of the Arts. In 2004 Farocki first became a visiting professor and then in 2006 a full professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. As a teacher Harun Farocki had a significant cinematic and intellectual influence on the development of the acclaimed Berlin School film movement.

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