Harun Farocki

Intro Artist
A.K.A. Farocki
Was Screenwriter Photographer Film director Professor Educator Film producer Film editor
From Germany
Type Academia Arts Film, Television, Stage and Radio
Gender male
Birth 9 January 1944, Nový Jičín, Czech Republic
Death 30 July 2014, Berlin, Margraviate of Brandenburg (aged 70 years)
Star sign Capricorn

Farocki in 2013 Harun Farocki (9 January 1944 – 30 July 2014) was a German filmmaker, author, and lecturer in film.

Early life and education

Farocki was born as Harun El Usman Faroqhi in Neutitschein, Sudetenland, which is now Nový Jičín in the Czech Republic. His father, Abdul Qudus Faroqui, had immigrated to Germany from India in the 1920s. His German mother had been evacuated from Berlin due to the Allied bombing of Germany. He simplified the spelling of his surname as a young man. After World War II Farocki grew up in India and Indonesia before the family resettled in Hamburg in 1958. Farocki, who was deeply influenced by Bertolt Brecht and Jean-Luc Godard, studied at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin from 1966 to 1968. He began making films – from the very beginning, they were non-narrative essays on the politics of imagery – in the mid-1960s. From 1974 to 1984, when its publication ceased, he edited the magazine Filmkritik. From 1993 to 1999, Farocki taught at the University of California, Berkeley. He later was a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. He died unexpectedly on 30 July 2014, aged 70.

Work

He made over 90 films, the vast majority of them short experimental documentaries. Farocki's work was included in the 2004–05 Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania.

Films (selection)

(D = Director, E = Editor, S = Screenplay, P = Production, A = Actor) 1969: Die Worte des Vorsitzenden – The Words of The Chairman 1969: Nicht löschbares Feuer – Inextinguishable Fire (D) 1970: Die Teilung aller Tage – The Division of All Days (D, E, S) 1971: Eine Sache, die sich versteht (D, S, P) 1975: Auf Biegen oder Brechen (S) 1978: Zwischen zwei Kriegen – Between Two Wars (D, E, S, P) 1981: Etwas wird sichtbar – Before Your Eyes Vietnam (D, S, P) 1983: Ein Bild – An Image 1983: Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet at work on Franz Kafka's "Amerika" 1984: Straub-Huillet's Klassenverhältnisse (A) 1985: Betrogen – Betrayed (D, S) 1986: Wie man sieht – As You See (D, S, P) 1987: Bilderkrieg (D) 1987: Die Schulung 1989: Bilder der Welt und Inschrift des Krieges – Images of the World and the Inscription of War (D, S, P) 1990: Leben: BRD – How to live in the Federal Republic of Germany (D, S, P) 1991: Videogramme einer Revolution – Videograms of a Revolution (D, S, P) 1993: Was ist los? – What's up? (D, S) 1994: Die Umschulung 1995: Arbeiter verlassen die Fabrik – Workers Leaving the Factory 1995: Schnittstelle 1996: Die Bewerbung – The Interview (TV) (D, S) 1996: Der Auftritt – The Appearance 1997: Stilleben – Still Life (D, S) 1997: Nach dem Spiel (P) 1998: Worte und Spiele 2000: Die innere Sicherheit – The State I Am In (S) 2000: Gefängnisbilder – Prison Images (D, S) 2001: Auge/Maschine 2001: Die Schöpfer der Einkaufswelten – The Creators of the Shopping Worlds (D, S) 2003: Erkennen und Verfolgen (D, S, P) 2004: Nicht ohne Risiko (D, S, P) 2005: Die Hochzeitsfabrik (P) 2005: Ghosts (S) 2006: Am Rand der Städte (P) 2007: Aufschub 2007: Respite – first episode of Memories (Jeonju Digital Project 2007) 2009: Zum Vergleich (D, S) 2009/2010: Serious Games I-IV, Video series 2012: Barbara (S) 2014: Phoenix (S)

DVD

Images of the world and the inscription of war and Respite were released on Region 0 DVD on 7 June 2011 by Survivance.

Personal life

Farocki's first wife, Ursula Lefkes, whom he married in 1966, died in 1996. His survivors include his second wife, Antje Ehmann, whom he married in 2001; twin daughters from his first marriage, Annabel Lee and Larissa Lu; and eight grandchildren.

Academic articles

Embodied histories. Harun Farocki and Andrei Ujică's Videograms of a Revolution.

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