Harun Farocki

Deep Play

Exhibition    Rendez-vous    Biography


  • From 13 January to 26 March 2017 at the LiFE
    Opening Thursday January, 12 at 18:30

On 9 July 2006 France and Italy met in the final of the football World Cup. A truly global media event: the two teams in the match were the focus of attention for several million people all viewing the same images on live television.
Artist Harun Farocki revisits this moment of planetary collective cohesion in Deep Play, a twelve screen video installation given full measure in the space of the LiFE. Multiplying disparate sources such as previously unseen views from surveillance cameras, computers and simulators, he simultaneously shows us behind the scenes of both the match and an information society built upon the image industry.

Playing on the links between the real and its representation, the installation questions the mechanisms that construct points of view, the fabrication of information and the production of reality.
In view of the expansion of new technologies in recent years Deep Play, although created in 2006, remains startlingly current.


"Art is a combat sport"
By Jean-Marc Huitorel, art critic
February 9, 7pm at the LiFE

"Images, archives, clues. About the cinema of Harun Farocki and other artistic practices."
March 17 at Rennes 2 University
Organised with the Master’s programme in Critical and Curatorial Studies


Filmmaker, artist and theorist, Harun Farocki (1944-2014) is a key figure in studies of the media. In the 1990s, he began to create installations that analyse the construction of images and question their reception through archives, images of industry and warfare, or extracts from well-known films.

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Harun Farocki is represented by Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris and àngels barcelona, Barcelona

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