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

Harun Farocki

Gegen-Musik, 2004

Video, color, sound, 24 min Director, scriptwriter: Harun Farocki Collaboration: Matthias Rajmann Cinematographer: Ingo Kratisch Sound: Matthias Rajmann Editor: Max Reimann Production: Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing Curator: Pascale Pronnier Executive Producer: Olivier Rignault Harun Farocki Filmproduktion, Berlin, Lille 2004, capitale européenne de la culture, Délégation aux Arts Platiques, Fonds Image / Mouvement Centre National de la Cinèmatographie, Fonds DICREAM


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The city today is as rationalised and regulated as a production process. The images which today determine the day of the city are operative images, control images. Representations of traffic regulation, by car, train or metro, representations determining the height at which mobile phone network transmitters are fixed, and where the holes in the networks are. Images from thermo-cameras to discover heat loss from buildings. And digital models of the city, portrayed with fewer shapes of buildings or roofs than were used in the 19th century when planned industrial cities arose, amongst them the Lille agglomeration. Despite their boulevards, promenades, market places, arcades and churches, these cities are already machines for living and working. I too want to "remake" the city films, but with different images. Limited time and means themselves demand concentration on just a few, archetypal chapters. Fragments, or preliminary studies. (Harun Farocki)