Harun Farocki: Consider Labour

When

Fri, 3 February 2023 - Sat, 1 April 2023

Monday - Saturday: 12–5pm

Where

Cooper Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee - Cooper Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design University of Dundee 13 Perth Road DD1 4HT

Further info

Cost: Free

Cooper Gallery website

Type: Exhibition

Cristián Silva-Avária, Concrete, Labour in a Single Shot. Rio de Janeiro, 2012. From Labour in a Single Shot by Antje Ehmann and Harun Farocki, 2013.

Cooper Gallery, University of Dundee is proud to present Harun Farocki: Consider Labour, the first major exhibition in Scotland of significant works by pioneering filmmaker Harun Farocki (1944-2014).

Re-inventing the ‘filmic essay’, Farocki’s thought-provoking oeuvre investigates how capitalism, consumerism, media, technology and war intertwine with all our lives for the past century. Influenced by theatre director Bertolt Brecht, philosopher Theodor Adorno, and film director Jean-Luc Godard, Farocki’s unique style of non-narrative-filmmaking consistently addresses practices of labour and the production of images that are concerned with understanding, reflecting and confronting modern society.

Bringing together the ten-screen film installation Labour in a Single Shot with Farocki’s most celebrated filmic essays; Workers Leaving the Factory (1995), Georg K. Glaser – Writer and Smith (1988), and In Comparison (2009), Harun Farocki: Consider Labour at Cooper Gallery critically questions the technological, aesthetic, and political conditions of making labour visible.

Underpinned by the political activism of working class culture in Dundee, evident in the Marxist Reading Group on the 1993 Timex Strike picket line and the recent Better than Zero campaign against poverty pay, the exhibition at Cooper Gallery gives this most radical of cities an emotive relationship with all others who labour.

Celebrating the potency and pertinence of Farocki’s endeavour today, a series of public events including reading groups, screenings, talks and Labour in a Single Shot workshops will take place during the exhibition run. A panel discussion featuring Farocki’s collaborator Antje Ehmann will be held at the exhibition preview on 2 February.

Harun Farocki: Consider Labour is supported by the Goethe Institut, Glasgow.

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