Harun Farocki, Andrei Ujică Videograms of a Revolution 1992

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These works [including Handsworth Songs (1986); Black Celebration (1988); Letter to a Turtledove (2020)] bear witness to histories of conflict and insurrection, including the Watts uprising in Los Angeles (1965); the riots in Handsworth, England (1985); the Romanian Revolution (1989); and the war in the Donbas region of Ukraine (begun in 2014). Though made in disparate geographic locations and time periods, all these videos interweave amateur videography with archival news footage, still images, and rhythmic montage to convey the turmoil of civil unrest. In preserving the memories of those “who dared to record,” as Harun Farocki put it, these works invite viewers to consider the ways in which historic change is witnessed, relayed through media, and even shaped by media itself.

Gallery label from Signals: How Video Transformed the World, March 5–July 8, 2023
16mm film transferred to standard-definition video (color, sound)
106 min.
Given anonymously in honor of Anna Marie Shapiro
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© 2024 Harun Farocki Filmproduktion
Media and Performance

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