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

Harun Farocki

Aufstellung, 2005

Video, black and white and color, sound, 16 min Director, scriptwriter: Harun Farocki Idea, Researcher: Antje Ehmann Researcher: Matthias Rajmann Production: Harun Farocki Filmproduktion, Berlin with support from TRANSIT MIGRATION, Kulturstiftung des Bundes


Artwork text

The diagrams used to help represent consumer shopping baskets, the pensions deficit or migration are ana-chronistic, they hark back to nineteenth century political allegories. Whether pictographs or simple bar or pie charts, their abstractions all display an impotence that is touching. We took examples of diagrams gleaned from newspapers, school text books and official publications and used them to reconstruct the history of migration in the Federal Republic of Germany. What we are seeking, therefore, is a conceptual critique of the ways in which migration is presented, pursuing the icons and symbols back to their origins and examining them with regard to content they themselves are unaware of. (Harun Farocki)

Lending history
2012 Vienna, AT, Künstlerhaus Wien