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Farocki and the Handmade

by Critical Commons Manager

This clip from Harun Farocki’s Images of the World and the Inscription of War (Bilder der Welt und Inschrift des Krieges) (1988) illustrates a form of critical visual analysis in which artists actively manipulate cinematic materials onscreen. This constitutes a particular and relatively rare filmmaking trope associated perhaps most specifically with structural filmmaking in which the specific materiality of film is made the subject of a work. However, several filmmakers employ this trope not so much in order to investigate the material conditions of film or video, but to layer differing temporal and semiotic registers.

Images of the World and the Inscription of War

An excerpt from Harun Farocki's Images of the World and the Inscription of War illustrating the film's handmade aesthetic

from Images of the World and the Inscription of War (1988)
Creator: Harun Farocki
Posted by Critical Commons Manager
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