Creative Dundee

Harun Farocki: Consider Labour

Cristián Silva-Avária, Concrete, Labour in a Single Shot. Rio de Janeiro, 2012. From Labour in a Single Shot by Antje Ehmann and Harun Farocki, 2013.

Now showing at Cooper Gallery, Harun Farocki: Consider Labour.


Cooper Gallery presents Harun Farocki: Consider Labour, the first major exhibition in Scotland of significant works by pioneering filmmaker Harun Farocki (1944- 2014). 

Re-inventing the ‘filmic essay’, Farocki’s thought-provoking oeuvre investigates how capitalism, consumerism, media, technology and war intertwine with all our lives for the past century.  Influenced by theatre director Bertolt Brecht, philosopher Theodor Adorno, and film director Jean Luc Godard, Farocki’s unique style of non-narrative-filmmaking consistently addresses practices of labour and the production of images that are concerned with understanding, reflecting and confronting modern society.  

Bringing together the ten-screen film installation Labour in a Single Shot with Farocki’s most  celebrated filmic essays; Workers Leaving the Factory (1995), Georg K. Glaser – Writer and Smith (1988), and In Comparison (2009), Harun Farocki: Consider Labour at Cooper Gallery critically questions the technological, aesthetic, and political conditions of making labour visible.  Underpinned by the political activism of working class culture in Dundee, the exhibition at Cooper Gallery gives this most radical of cities an emotive  relationship with all others who labour.

When
Fri 3 February – Sat 1 April 2023

Where
Cooper Gallery
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design
13 Perth Road
DD1 4HT


Cooper Gallery also have a programme of events to support the exhibition:

Labour in a Single Shot: Filmmaking Workshop
Sat 11 Feb 2023, 1:00–3.30pm

Living Machines: Reading & Discussion Group
Thu 23 Feb 2023, 6:00–7.30pm

Some Women Other Women and all the Bittermen: Screening & Discussion
Thu 9 Mar 2023, 6:30–8.30pm

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