Harun Farocki I Thought I Was Seeing Convicts (video still) 2000

Harun Farocki I Thought I Was Seeing Convicts (video still) 2000, two-channel digital video installation with sound. © 2003 Harun Farocki Filmproduktion and Generali Foundation Collection, Vienna.

Present Tense: Harun Farocki

April 9 - July 6, 2003


Berlin-based Harun Farocki, a towering innovator of independent documentary film since the 1960s, investigates the formations of "reality" by surveillance technology and private media channels. Focused around an experiment in controlling inmate behaviour in a California penitentiary, I Thought I Was Seeing Convicts (2000) challenges the motives of prison authorities and draws parallels to the controls we routinely submit to. This powerful work will be part of a major tribute to Farocki, co-presented by the Goethe-Institut, Toronto, the Images Festival of Independent Film & Video and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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