Leben BRD

© Generali Foundation Collection—Permanent Loan to the Museum der Moderne Salzburg

Harun Farocki

Leben BRD, 1990

Film, 16mm, color, sound, transferred to video, 83 min Director: Harun Farocki Photography: Ingo Kratisch Produced by: Harun Farocki Filmproduktion, ZDF, La Sept


Artwork text

In How to Live in the FRG, we see 32 test situations of everyday scenes: in hospitals and schools, public offices and insurance companies. In all cases reality is simulated. Dying and giving birth, crying, in which one is supposed to come closer to oneself—it is clear that everything can be learned, if one has the right user’s manual. Life is a test. Reality in its evocation of a course of studies. Performed reality becomes symboli-cally intensified in play and driven towards recognition. (Stefan Reinecke)