One must be as wary of images as of words – Harun Farocki
Harun Farocki (9 January 1944 – 30 July 2014) was a filmmaker, author, and lecturer in film. From 1966 to 1968 he attended the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB). In addition to teaching posts in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Manila, Munich and Stuttgart, he was a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley. As a teacher Harun Farocki had a significant cinematic and intellectual influence on the development of the acclaimed ‘Berlin School’ film movement.
He wrote for numerous publications, and from 1974 to 1984 he was editor and author of the magazine Filmkritik (München). His work has shown in many national and international exhibitions and installations in galleries and museums. Since 1996 Farocki had numerous group and solo exhibitions in museums and galleries worldwide. Among the others: ‘MOMA’ in New York, ‘MUMOK’ in Vienna, the ‘Jeu de Paume’ in Paris and the ‘Museum Ludwig’ in Cologne, followed by retrospectives of his films at many institutions like the ‘Tate Modern’ in London or the ‘Centre for Contemporary Art’ in Warsaw. Farocki’s participation in the prestigious ‘documenta’ (in 1997 and 2007) and in 56th Venice Cinema Biennale.
He died unexpectedly on 30 July 2014, aged 70.