Harun Farocki, 9.Januar 1944 - 30.Juli 2014

For HF

We regret to announce the passing of Harun Farocki on 30 July 2014. He was 70 years of age.

From 1967 onwards, Harun Farocki directed more than 120 films and installations that analysed the powers of the image with an originality, a prescience and a gravitas that renewed itself, year after year, project after project. In his teaching and his essays, in journals and books and exhibitions conceived and produced with Antje Ehmann, Farocki was a powerful critic, editor, theorist and curator in his own right.

Generations of artists, theorists and critics have taken Farockis films such as Inextinguishable Fire (1969) and Images of the World and the Inscription of War (1988) and installations such as Deep Play (2007) as reference points. His impact and influence on culture, within and beyond Germany, is undisputed. He was, and remains, a commanding figure of contemporary culture.

Despite his numerous commitments, Farocki was always generous with his time, his ideas and his attention. Unlike many artists from the 1960s, Farocki was neither nostalgic nor bitter. He was forward-looking, youthful, humorous, restless, unpretentious, enquiring, skeptical, stylish and handsome. He loved football, a drink of beer and smoking his favourite cigarettes, with his friends from his travels with his life partner Antje Ehmann.

Harun Farocki was and is, irreplaceable. We are proud to have counted ourselves among his many, many friends.

We admired him and we loved him and we learnt from him, always.

To say that we will miss him is an understatement that he would have appreciated.

Kodwo Eshun 31. 7. 2014

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