The posthumous autobiography of Harun Farocki (1944-2014).
The autobiography of Harun Farocki has been published posthumously in German on the occasion of Farocki's retrospective in Berlin (2017) and Archive releases the English translation for international review. To Harun Farocki writing was inextricably linked with his cinematic works; his work on the concept of the image always involved a translation from the image to the text and vice versa. The autobiography from his estate, which has now been translated into English, constitutes a great exception in his oeuvre: Farocki was not able to complete it; he died in July 2014. We here have a work, which has remained unfinished in itself—but precisely this makes this autobiography so fascinating. It portrays his tragic childhood, Farocki's escape to West Berlin, the fortune of having discovered film, although he wanted to become a writer, his turning to outsiderism, his radicalism of thought, his vision, his power of observation, the growing ability to analyze social structures, the politicization of life. In his autobiography, Farocki adopts the attitude of the filmmaker, he is not only a critical reader of his own life, but also of the current events, which form the backdrop of the entire narrative.
Harun Farocki (1944-2014) was born in Neutitschein, in German-annexed Czechoslovakia. Since graduating from Berlin's Deutsche Film-und Fernsehakademie
in 1966, he has directed more that 90 films that include feature films, documentaries and television programs. He has also collaborated with numerous filmmakers as scriptwriter, actor and producer. His films have been the subject of retrospectives at the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona
in 2004, and the Vienna Filmmuseum in 2006. He has participated in important international events such as the 2005 Carnegie International and Documenta XII (2007). He has held many teaching posts and between 1993 and 1999 taught at the University of California Berkeley. Since 2004 he has been Visiting professor at Vienna's Akademie für Bildende Künste
. Harun Farocki was a media theorist and writer and was the editor of the influential German film journal Filmkritik
from 1974 to 1984.
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