Farocki's documentaries can be broadly divided into two categories: film essays and observational films the former consists of an assortment of found footage, photographs and visual documents. His oeuvre comprises more than 100 experimental and documentary films, essay, short and feature films however, his complete oeuvre goes far beyond that farocki left behind extensive works of film and media theory, still to be discovered, and for decades worked as a lecturer. Essays on the essay film edited by nora m alter and timothy corrigan 22 the abcs of the film essay, by harun farocki and christa blümlinger 23 riddles as. Filmmaker, artist and writer harun farocki is among a number of european auteur filmmakers who explore the limits of representation in so-called 'essay films. Christa blümlinger/harun farocki: the abcs of the essay film 2017 by christa blümlinger and harun farocki documentary films of harun farocki: indoctrination.
In 2014, harun farocki was beginning work on a film project on marey and muybridge and the origins of cinema the last thing i received from him was a dvd copy of a wonderful but obscure thom andersen film on muybridge from the 1970s. Evanston, ill -- over the course of his career, german documentary filmmaker and essayist harun farocki (1944-2014) created more than 100 bold, playful and cerebral films, videos and. Cutting to the heart of media violence and the essence of an unspeakable evil and with searing humanism, images of the world is one of the most influential, quoted, and urgent essay films, as relevant today as it was when farocki made it. Serious games harun farocki film director, screenwriter, and media artist farocki farocki 124 documentary films, essay films, story films since 1996.
In recent years the essay film has attained widespread recognition as a particular category of film practice, with its own history and canonical figures and texts. Essay, a term from written literature: unity of science and art unity of social and individual knowledge, harun farocki wrote in a first draft of the project erzählen. Godard and the essay film agnès varda, and harun farocki, warner elaborates a fresh account of essayistic reflection that turns on the imaginative, constructive.
Harun farocki (9 january 1944 he began making films - from the very beginning, they were non-narrative essays on the politics of imagery. Harun farocki latin american cinema installation and exhibition scholars deviate on what exactly constitutes an essay film and how to categorize essay films. A four-part cycle of essay-films made by the late filmmaker harun farocki between 2012-2014, parallel i-iv delves into the techniques and technologies involved in the making of contemporary computer animation. While for the most part the narration —a familiar device in farocki's essay films — tells us what we are looking at, it is also a performance of the kind of manipulation that is discoursed about in the narration.
Essay films by paul arthur in the january/february 2003 issue galvanized by the intersection of personal, subjective rumination, and social history, the essay has emerged as the leading nonfiction form for both intellectual and artistic innovation. And including nearly all of farocki's videos, video installations, and films in video format on view from june 29, 2011, to january 2, 2012, in the yoshiko and akio morita media gallery, harun. Harun farocki, 1944-2014often accompanied by texts  from his first militant films, his first creations for television, and his first critical writings onwards, a theoretical and materialist concern sustained his intentions, had always addressed themselves to the medium that received them and. - farocki and the 'essay film' the road not taken: films by harun farocki 157 jonathan rosenbaum slowly forming a thought while working on images 163 christa.
Farocki's later films work like essays, where footage functions as direct quotation the approach became a model for politics- and theory-minded documentary filmmakers in europe and the us (the title of jill godmilow's 1998 short what farocki taught— an homage to the inextinguishable fire— hints at his influence. Alter's most recent publications include essays on the essay film, columbia university press, 2017 and the essay film after fact and fiction, columbia university press, 2018 she is currently completing a monograph on harun farocki. Through a close analysis of harun farocki's videograms of a revolution, the text addresses a number of theoretical issues raised by the essay film in an attempt to deepen perceived notions of the form. Harun farocki's classic essay film launches the dedicated film series for the exhibition confict, time, photography the series features key films that question how memory and confict are explored in cinema with films by john gianvito, serge bozon and nobuhiro suwa among others from 30 january.