Harun Farocki

Parallel I–IV (2014)

Filmmaker Harun Farocki’s four part documentary traces how computer games have developed from primitive cartoon graphics to immersive, hyperrealistic environments over thirty years. Covering a wide historical arc from the ancient Greeks to modern film theory, Farocki’s film – completed just before his death – explores body movement capture, representations of nature, points of view and the physics of the gaming world. He also filmed behind the scenes to show the workforce creating these alternative realities.

Harun Farocki (b. 1944 Czechoslovakia, d. 2014 Germany) was a German filmmaker, author and lecturer. He studied at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin in 1966–68, and edited Filmkritik between 1974–84. Influenced by Brecht and Godard, he made more than 90 films, mostly short experimental documentaries. Major retrospectives of his work were held at Tate Modern, London in 2009 and MoMA, New York, in 2011.

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