In Comparison (Zum Vergleich) – Harun Farocki
Brick is the most important construction material used in many buildings all over the world. While bricks were previously made locally by hand, almost the entire process is now automated. What has been lost through this development? Legendary filmmaker Harun Farocki exposes the underlying systems within society with a sharp eye. Using only image and sound, he impartially draws comparisons between the colours, movements and sounds created by the firing and construction process. In Comparison captures collective labour in Burkina Faso alongside industrial efficiency in a Swiss factory. What does this say about our social structures? What happened to our knowledge of production? With an eye for the beauty of the material, Farocki exposes the world of construction in his masterpiece In Comparison.
With an introduction to the work of Harun Farocki (1944-2014) and his relevance to architecture and the city by the German filmmaker and film programmer Florian Wüst. Florian Wüst is a Berlin-based film curator and publisher. He has curated film programmes for international art institutions, cinemas, and festivals.
During Rotterdam Architecture Month, AFFR and the Goethe Institut are presenting the work of two celebrated German architecture filmmakers, Heinz Emigholz and Harun Farocki, in the auditorium of Het Nieuwe Instituut.