Harun Farocki, Meine Nächte mit den Linken. Texte 1964–1975. Schriften. Band 3

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n.b.k. Discourse Vol. 12 – Harun Farocki, Meine Nächte mit den Linken. Texte 1964–1975. Schriften. Band 3.

Edited and with an epilogue by Volker Pantenburg.

280 pages, with illustrations, soft cover, German, 19.80 Euro / 15.00 Euro (members), Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne 2018, ISBN 978-3-96098-225-8


Part of the edition Harun Farocki. Schriften. (edited by Marius Babias, Antje Ehmann, Tom Holert, Doreen Mende, Volker Pantenburg)

Meine Nächte mit den Linken (My nights with the leftists) is the third volume of Harun Farocki’s writings and provides all of Harun Farocki’s published texts from 1964 to 1975 – many of them for the first time since the initial publication. The book contains essays and book reviews for the Spandauer Volksblatt, which Farocki wrote in his early twenties before taking up his film studies; it documents his intensive involvement with agitation, didactics and cybernetics around 1970 and reveals how the journal Filmkritik became the central platform for his often polemical analysis of the film culture and political landscape of West-Germany. At the same time, the texts can be read as an enlightening commentary on Farocki’s film and television productions of these years. Especially Nicht löschbares Feuer (Inextinguishable Fire, 1969) and Der Ärger mit den Bildern (The Trouble with Images, 1973) are taken up again and extended in detailed essays. The volume contains an epilogue by the editor Volker Pantenburg. There are plans to publish three more volumes of Farocki’s texts from 1976 to 2014.

Harun Farocki (1944–2014) is one of the most important and internationally influential German filmmakers. His oeuvre comprises more than 100 films and productions: experimental and documentary films; essay, short and feature films. However, his complete works go far beyond this, he has also succeeded internationally as a video and installation artist as well as being a lecturer and media theorist.

The publication is published on the occasion of the
Harun Farocki Retrospective, September 14, 2017 – January 28, 2018, initiated by Neuer Berliner Kunstverein in cooperation with Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art, the Harun Farocki Institute, Harun Farocki GbR, Silent Green Kulturquartier, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König and Savvy Contemporary as part of the Berlin Art Week, sponsored by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture.

The publication can be purchased at local bookshops, via the website of Buchhandlung Walther König, and at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein. Members of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein can buy the book at n.b.k. for the special price of 15.00 Euro.