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Live Stage: The Image in Question: War – Media – Art [us Philadelphia]

The Image in Question: War – Media – Art — Film screening and conversation with Harun Farocki, Antje Ehmann :: September 16, 2010; 6:30 – 8:30 pm :: Slought Foundation, 4017 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA :: Free (Reservation not required)

How can the wars of the present and the experience of war be adequately represented? How can military imagery be re-appropriated? How can it be countered? What are different sorts of images capable of? These questions provide the framework for Farocki’s and Ehmann’s presentation, which will address their recent research and exhibition of the same name, on display at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University from October to December 2010. In their presentation The Image in Question, Farocki and Ehmann will also explore how the airplanes, submarines and tanks of World War I could not be adequately drawn in ink, painted in oil or cast in bronze. Instead, the new weapons demanded new techniques of depiction: the verisimilitude of photography or the dynamics of film. The weapons of our post-industrial age are computer weapons and demand computer-generated images for rendition. Computer animation is not only the appropriate form of depiction, it is in itself part of the weapon system, preparing the soldier for deployment in the field. Computer animation is also used to cure returning soldiers traumatized by their experience of war: part of their therapy is the reenactment of key events in the field by means of computer animation. Battles and attacks are simulated on the computer first when strategy is discussed; operations that have been completed are archived in the program and become part of the simulation.

Harun Farocki is an author, filmmaker, and video artist. Since the mid-1960s, Farocki has made close to 90 films, including feature films, essay films, and documentaries. In recent years, Farocki has created multi-channel video works that have been exhibited at international venues such as Documenta, the Generali Foundation, Tate Modern, ICA London, Jeu de Paume, Centre Pompidou, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Antje Ehmann is an author, curator and video artist, born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Recent publications include, Harun Farocki. Against What? Against Whom?, ed. together with Kodwo Eshun, Cologne 2009; Amos Gitai. News from Home, ed. together with Anselm Franke and Katharina Fichtner, Cologne 2006; and Geschichte des Dokumentarischen Films in Deutschland, Bd. 2, Weimarer Republic, together with Klaus Kreimeier and Jeanpaul Goergen, Stuttgart 2005.

Organized by Nora Alter.


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