Friday 3 November, 11am
This talk is part of Light Moves festival of screendance. Associated with the festival, Limerick City Gallery of Art will be home to an exhibition “Screendance at the Gallery”, 2 November to 14 January, including Harun Farocki’s “Workers leaving the factory in eleven decades.”
From its very beginnings, the cinematic apparatus subjected human and animal movement to unprecedented forms of quantification and analysis, serving as a technique for the management of life itself. And yet at the same time, it opened new realms of visibility by recording the ephemeralities of our world in time – a vocation now under threat as computer-generated images increasingly displace lens-based images. In this talk, Erika Balsom will explore this ambivalence of capture through a consideration of the late works of Harun Farocki.
Erika Balsom is a scholar and critic focusing on the history of the moving image in art and experimental documentary practices. Her most recent book, After Uniqueness: A History of Film and Video Art in Circulation, was published by Columbia University Press in 2017. She is author of Exhibiting Cinema in Contemporary Art (2013), the co-editor of Documentary Across Disciplines (2016), and a frequent contributor to Artforum and Sight and Sound. Her work has appeared in publications such as Grey Room, e-flux, Cinema Journal, and numerous exhibition catalogues. She is senior lecturer in Film Studies at King’s College London and holds a PhD in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University.
Moving Bodies: Capture and Control in the Late Works of Harun Farocki | Talk by Erika Balsom at Limerick City Gallery of Art