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Harun Farocki 1944—2014

Harun Farocki, who died in 2014, was a filmmaker, critic, publisher, theoretician, teacher, and curator who trained a lucid and constantly fresh eye on our relation to images and their nature. From his début in 1966, he shot over a hundred, usually short and medium-length films, mainly essays. His resolutely political body of work offers a grid for interpreting the evolution of regimes of images over the last 40 years, and especially the rise of systems of control.

1966–68: Studie [...]

Harun Farocki, who died in 2014, was a filmmaker, critic, publisher, theoretician, teacher, and curator who trained a lucid and constantly fresh eye on our relation to images and their nature. From his début in 1966, he shot over a hundred, usually short and medium-length films, mainly essays. His resolutely political body of work offers a grid for interpreting the evolution of regimes of images over the last 40 years, and especially the rise of systems of control.

1966–68: Studied at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (West). 1966: Marriage to Ursula Lefkes. 1968: Birth of daughters Annabel Lee andLarissa Lu. 1974–84: Author and editor of the journal Filmkritik in Munich. 1998: Publication of Speaking about Godard/Von Godard sprechen (with Kaja Silverman). 1993–99: Visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley. 2001: Marriage to Antje Ehmann. Since 1966: More than a hundred productions for television or the cinema, including children’s television, documentary films, essay films, feature films. Since 1996: Works shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions in museums and galleries. 2007:Deep Play at documenta 12. 2006–11: Two years as visiting professor, then full professor at the Akademie für Bildende Künste, Vienna.

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