In Comparison

Film/Video

Photos © Harun Farocki

In Comparison

Harun Farocki, 2009

New Documentary

Nonfiction filmmaking holds a strong appeal for many committed directors and producers. This ongoing series lets you sample wide-ranging approaches to the contemporary documentary.

Contemporary Screen

Films fresh from the international film festival circuit, area premieres, award winners, and recent audience favorites.... You'll find films you won't see anywhere else in central Ohio on the Contemporary Screen schedule.

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 href="http://www.wexarts.org/ex/index.php?eventid=4209">Hard Targets exhibition.

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Jean Dubuffet, Vaches au pre (Cows in a meadow), 1954

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Artists featured in Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection

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