Tue 21 June, 20h00: Harun Farocki (In Comparison) explained by Florian Wüst - AFFR
4–8 Oct 2023
film • stad • architectuur

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In a world turned upside down, facing enormous challenges and contending with one new reality after another, AFFR 2022 will focus on the need to press pause. Or, in cinematic terms, to freeze the frame.

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AFFR explores the relationship between film, cities and architecture by programming and screening architecture films and by organizing introductions and debates.

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The Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (AFFR) was established in 2000, and the foundation organized its festival the same year as the first architecture film festival in the world. Festivals also took place again in 2001 and 2003. In 2007 AFFR made a fresh start after a few years of silence. In 2009 the event expanded significantly in terms of visitor numbers and programming.

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GES-2 by Nastia Korkia wins the AFFR Audience Award

After each screening, we asked our visitors for their opinion of the film with the celebrated AFFR tear-off card. A convincing majority chose GES-2, the debut film by the Russian filmmaker Nastia Korkia, as the best film of AFFR 2022.…
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Tue 21 June, 20h00: Harun Farocki (In Comparison) explained by Florian Wüst

On Tuesday 21 June, AFFR - in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut - presents In Comparison (‘Zum Vergleich’) by the German filmmaker and artist Harun Farocki (1944-2014). Before the screening, the German filmmaker and film programmer Florian Wüst will introduce the work of Farocki and explain his relevance to architecture and the city. Florian Wüst is a Berlin-based film curator and publisher who has compiled numerous film programmes for international art institutions, cinemas and festivals.

Tuesday 21 June, 20:00, auditorium Het Nieuwe Instituut 
In Comparison (Zum Vergleich) – Harun Farocki – 2009 – Germany – 61 min

The documentary In Comparison examines the production process of one of the most important building materials: brick. With an analytical, almost anthropological eye, Farocki compares various forms of production – from manual to industrial. He does this with images and sounds and without apparent value judgement, thereby encouraging viewers to form their own opinion.

Farocki operated at the intersection of film and video installation, media and film theory, and he left behind a considerable and influential body of work. A renowned critical thinker, he also mentored the video artist Hito Steyerl. In his work he explored the origins and meanings of images and the power structures they embody; he also frequently devoted himself to the built environment and its social and economic significance.

As part of the Goethe-Institut programming, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is currently showing the retrospective Hito Steyerl: I will survive.


In Comparison (Zum Vergleich)
start film: 20.00 uur
date: Tuesday 21 June
location: Het Nieuwe Instituut

film • city • architecture 4 - 8 Oct. 2023