Saturday, October 21, 2017, 8.30 pm
Militarisation of the Gaze

Screening, followed by a discussion
Venue: Kino Arsenal, Potsdamer Straße 2, 10785 Berlin

Bilder der Welt and Inschrift des Krieges (Director: Harun Farocki, 1988, OV/EnS, 75 min)

Followed by a discussion with Christa Blümlinger (Prof. Film Studies, Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis) and Nora M. Alter (Prof. Film and Media Arts, Temple University,Philadelphia)

Bilder der Welt und Inschrift des Krieges
is a reflection about the ambiguous concept of “Aufklärung” (enlightenment/intelligence), which Farocki approaches from various different perspectives, including the technologies that determine how we see and the conditions of perception. How is it possible to prove the (media) violence of an image? Like few other films, Bilder der Welt und Inschrift des Krieges (1988) prepares the viewer for the ever-greater complicity with images as the operative means for conducting war, a tendency which can only be met with critical questioning of the cogency of the image. Based on existing images, Farocki documents a “terrorist aesthetic” (Paul Virilio) of optical stimulation, which appears both on control screens and on television with the confessed goal of making the observer or viewer either an accomplice or a potential victim, just like in times of war.

Admission: ticket (€ 7,50; members Arsenal and n.b.k.: € 5)

Harun Farocki Retrospective is a project by Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) in cooperation with Arsenal - Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V., the Harun Farocki Institut, Harun Farocki GbR, silent green Kulturquartier, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, SAVVY Contemporary and Haus der Kulturen der Welt, as part of the Berlin Art Week, supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

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