e-flux presents True Fake: Troubling the Real in Artists’ Films
Harun Farocki, Parallel II and Parallel III   | Part One – Simulations and (Hyper)Reality
Repeat screening on April 20, 2021

Harun Farocki, Parallel III (still), 2014


Join us on e-flux Video & Film for an online screening of Harun Farocki’s Parallel II and Parallel III (2014), on view from Tuesday, February 9 through Monday, February 22, 2021. 

These two works from Farocki’s four-part Parallel series explore the boundaries and backdrops of game worlds, and the nature of their digital objects. Parallel II follows characters’ attempts to escape the edges of their animated world by any means, and seeks to reveal what lies outside of these defined spaces and digital borders. Parallel III reveals digital worlds that take the form of discs floating in the universe—reminiscent of pre-Hellenistic conceptions of the universe. The animated worlds appear as one-sided theater stages, flat backdrops revealed only by the movements of an omniscient camera. The objects in the worlds often do not react to “natural forces.” Each of their properties must be separately constructed and assigned to them.

Parallel II and Parallel III are presented here as two oof five films in Part One | Simulations and (Hyper)Reality, the first of five programs in the online film and video series True Fake: Troubling the Real in Artists' Films programmed by Lukas Brasiskis for e-flux Video & Film.

True Fake runs from February 9 through April 20, 2021. The films in each part will screen for two weeks. Subsequent parts will follow bi-weekly, with new films screened every other Tuesday.

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.

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