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CFS Event: Screening of Harun Farocki’s “Parallel I-IV” (2012-2014) and Discussion with Dr. Erika Balsom

February 21 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Film Screening and Discussion with Dr. Erika Balsom

Harun Farocki, Parallel I-IV (2012-2014), 43 mins.

Event co-organized by the School of Art History and the Department of Film Studies

“The four-part cycle Parallel deals with the image genre of computer animation. Computer animations are currently becoming a general model, surpassing film. In films, there is the wind that blows and the wind that is produced by a wind machine. Computer images do not have two kinds of wind.”

–Harun Farocki

“This series continues the late filmmaker’s long-standing investigation into the rise of calculable, actionable images possessing a relationship to reality very different than that of the cinema before them. Tracing the evolution of video game graphics from the two-dimensional schematics of the early 1980s to the photorealistic environments of today, Farocki foregoes the obsession with novelty that too often characterizes discussions of so-called “new” media, instead situating games within a longer history of representation. The Parallel series is a major achievement that exemplifies a key attribute of a singular practice cut far too short: Farocki joins poetic speculation with analytical strength to call upon the viewer not simply to look and listen carefully, but also to think along with him.”

— Erika Balsom, Artforum, November 2014


***This screening and workshop will be followed by Dr. Balsom’s research presentation: “Moving Bodies: Capture and Control in Late Farocki,” Byre Studio Theatre, 3:30pm


Erika Balsom is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at King’s College London. She is the author of After Uniqueness: A History of Film and Video Art in Circulation (Columbia University Press, 2017) and the co-editor of Documentary Across Disciplines (MIT Press, 2016).


February 21
11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Byre Theatre- Studio
Abbey Street
St Andrews, KY16 9LA
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