Harun Farocki

Field of Practice:

Video / Film / New Media

City, Country:

Berlin, Germany


2005, 2006, 2007

Harun Farocki, born 1944, lives and works in Berlin and is considered one of the most important contemporary documentary filmmakers. Since the late 1980s he has produced over 80 films and television productions. In addition to his early agitational and »educational« films, his comprehensive oeuvre includes feature films, essay films, documentaries as well as more recently video installations on political, film historical and film theoretical themes.

He has been active as an independent filmmaker for film and television since 1966. In 1974 he worked as an editor and author for the magazine "Filmkritik". Since 1993 he teaches as a guest professor at the University of California at Berkley, USA and since 2000 he holds a teaching position at the Universität der Künste Berlin.

His films include "Gefängnisbilder" (2000) and "Ich glaubte Gefangene zu sehen/Thought I was Seeing Convicts" (2000), as well as "Stilleben" (1997) and "Der Auftritt" (1996). He participated in numerous international exhibitions, including "Harun Farocki. Retrospective" (14. Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore, 2001); "Harun Farocki. Filme, Videos, Installationen 1969-2001" (Westfälischer Kunstverein Münster; Kunstverein Frankfurt/M., 2001); "Harun Farocki" (film- and video program of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2001); "L’État des Choses [1] ", Kunst-Werke, Berlin (2000/2001); "documenta X", Kassel (1997); "Face à l’histoire", Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1996).