Present Tense: Harun Farocki
April 9 to July 6, 2003
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.
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.
Opening reception: April 9, 6 to 8 pm
Present Tense is generously supported by The Contemporary Circle.