Film-maker Harun Farocki's Comparison via a Third at Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow

By Ben Miller | 16 February 2011
A photo of row upon row of bricks under the sun in a rural village setting
Brickwork for Harun Farocki at the CCA© Courtesy Harun Farocki
Exhibition: Harun Farocki: Comparison via a Third, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, February 16 – March 3 2011

From World Cup games ruined by a saturation of statistics to the trigger-poised observation of prisoners in Californian prisons, Harun Farocki is a film-maker who changes the way we perceive.

The Czech-born German has spent 40 years toying with technology, producing more than 90 montages which galvanize technology to change the way politics, culture and war are presented.

In 2009, his lifetime of experimentation was rewarded with a season of films at the Tate, including premieres of new works by Farocki chronicling consumer society through a dizzying blitz of advertisements. Videograms of a Revolution, his collaborative project, told the story of the Romanian revolution in 1989.

For the title piece of his visit to Glasgow, his focus is on the mechanical. Shot without commentary, the 24-minute video shows brick production methods in Africa, India and Europe, switching between geographical and industrial vantage points.

The show also offers further cinematic and televisual documentaries and large-scale installations.
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