Harun Farocki


Harun Farocki is a German filmmaker whose work looks at the relationship between technology and our perception of the world. I saw an exhibition featuring his video installations at Jeu de Paume in Paris and found the work massively immersive and interesting.

My favourite – short video above – is called Deep Play and features 12 screens showing video from the 2006 World Cup final between France and Italy. The screens play real time video taken from the match from 12 different perspectives relating to the game, some from police surveillance footage, others from graphical analysis of the game and of course the stuff we’re used to off the telly. It’s a brilliant reflection of the way we consume media but also the 360 degreeness of broadcasting events (thinking about the reporting of Iran etc.).

Another short documentary film he’s made is called Immersion and shows an American soldier back from Iraq and coming to terms with it all. We see him talking through his experiences with a Psychologist using virtual reality as a remembering tool. He uses a head mounted display which puts him in a VR representation of Iraq – helping him to more lucidly recall his time there. Powerful stuff.


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