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Images Studying Images: Kevin B. Lee on Harun Farocki + Q&A

[1] Director Kevin B. Lee, Harun Farocki, [3] Country Germany, [4] Duration 60,

Harun Farocki (1944-2014) produced over 120 works of film, television and video art, but his immense impact on the media landscape has yet to be fully appreciated. Following his tenure as the first artist-in-residence of the newly formed Harun Farocki Institut in Berlin, Kevin B. Lee produced a series of video essays on Farocki for the Goethe-Institut. The video essays adopt Farocki’s own strategy of “images studying images” to explore the artist’s own formidable oeuvre, applying such novel approaches as desktop documentary and videographic lexicography. This screening matches the video essays with key works spanning Farocki’s five decade career.

Harun Farocki – The Counter-Image
Kevin B. Lee, 2018, Germany, 11’

Two Paths
Harun Farocki, 1966, Germany, 3’

Harun Farocki – Lexicon
Kevin B. Lee, 2018, Germany, 13’

Catch Phrases – Catch Images. A Conversation with Vilém Flusser
Harun Farocki, 1986, Germany, 13’

Harun Farocki – Presented
Kevin B. Lee, 2018, Germany, 11’

Parallel II
Harun Farocki, 2014, Germany, 9’

This is the World Premiere of the series of video essays

Followed by a Q&A with Kevin B. Lee, hosted by Erika Balsom, a scholar and critic based in London, working on cinema, art, and their intersection. She is a senior lecturer in Film Studies at King’s College London.

In partnership with the Goethe-Institut

Read an interview with Kevin B. Lee by Patrick Hozapfel

Image credit: Kevin B Lee / Harun Farocki GbR

“Kevin B. Lee is a filmmaker, media artist, critic and teacher based in Germany. He has made over 360 video essays for online video channels, festivals and crossmedia platforms. His award-winning Transformers: The Premake was named one of the best documentaries of 2014 by Sight & Sound Magazine and played in several festivals including the Berlin Film Festival Critics Week. His works have screened at festivals and exhibitions including the Viennale, the Rotterdam International Film Festival, the Austrian Film Museum, the Ars Electronica Festival and the Museum of Modern Art.”