Workers Leaving The Factory

Workers Leaving The Factory

Artist: 
Harun Farocki
Year:  
1995
Technical specifications: 
Single-channel video, color and b/w, sound, 36 min Betacam SP transferred to digital file. Original version with English subtitles + version with Spanish subtitles Ed. 2/10
Date of acquisition: 
4 July 2018

 

Harun Farocki was a filmmaker, media artist and theoretician. He was born in Novy Jicin in 1944, in what is now the Czech Republic and died in Berlin in 2014. After having studied at the Deutsch Film-und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB) from 1966 to 1968, he worked in film productions and TV. He began his film career in the 1960s, a period of radical political modernism and avant-garde. Some have called him 'Germany's best-known unknown filmmaker' since his works had been introduced mainly in the German-speaking area. Farocki's works cover a wide range of subjects, such as films, video tapes or multimedia installations.

Farocki's works are constant conversations with images, with the creation of images and with the institutions that produce these images. As he once said: "My films are made against cinema and against television", he maintains a critical stance towards all the media capable of creating images. Although most of his works are within the documentary category, Farocki offers several debates instead of conventional documentary forms for objectivity.

The work of the artist and filmmaker has had a decisive influence on the history of the political film since the late sixties. In addition to more than 100 productions for television and film, Farocki - as the author and editor of Filmkritik magazine, curator and visiting professor at Berkeley, Harvard and Vienna - has transmitted his reflections on the relationship between society, politics and movement.