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War at a Distance followed by Serious Games I – IV

September 11 at 6:30
Goethe Institut Washington
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Under what Harun Farocki has termed “operational images” (having neither entertainment nor informational value), the processes of factory production and battlefield attacks are distanced from human experience by extending the access of vision. As suggested by the film’s German title Erkennen und Verfolgen (Recognize and Track), War at a Distance depicts alienation from both manufacturing and weaponry by way of operational images and autonomous computer-assisted image processing replacing human labor. (Harun Farocki, 2003, 54 minutes) This event takes place at Goethe-Institut Washington.
    Serious Games I – IV, Harun Farocki’s four-part multichannel installation, begins with a computer-generated video game used to train soldiers for armed conflict and concludes with a virtual reality therapy session. Usually displayed as a gallery installation, the films screened here in a theatrical setting demonstrate how instructional videos and games are utilized for the human conditioning required in fighting wars. Farocki invites viewers to consider how the same images are used as didactic tools for both military training and psychological counseling. (Harun Farocki, 2009 – 2010, 46 minutes) This event takes place at Goethe-Institut Washington.  

still from Serious Games I-IV
courtesy the Estate of Harun Farocki

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