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In Comparison

Film/Video

Photos © Harun Farocki
In Comparison
Harun Farocki, 2009
Wed, Mar 10, 2010 7 PM
Discover today’s world through this captivating study of that basic building block, the brick.

On the surface, In Comparison couldn’t be more simple. Without commentary, the film observes how different cultures produce bricks, from hand-crafted clay in Burkina Faso to precision production lines in Germany. But as Artforum notes, “Farocki gradually adds layer upon layer of meaning, subtly transforming what could have been a Discovery Channel documentary into a stringent essay film on labor, industrialization, and the hidden mechanics of cinematic montage.” (61 mins., 16mm)

For over 40 years, Harun Farocki has been one of the most incisive and respected practitioners of the documentary, political, and essay film genres. He’s increasingly known for his video installations, one of which—Deep Play—is featured in our Hard Targets exhibition.

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