The Inextinguishable Fire: Harun Farocki 1944-2014

As a tribute to the late great German filmmaker Harun Farocki, we present the UK premiere of his most recent film series Parallel I-IV, a powerful meditation of post-cinematic image-making in video games alongside one of his earliest films, the agitprop classic, Inextinguishable Fire.

Harun Farocki was one of Germany’s most respected filmmakers, artists and writers. His acclaimed essay films and installations questioned the production and perception of images, decoding the medium of film and examining how audiovisual culture relates to politics, technology and war.

Benjamin Cook

Presented by Erika Balsom, lecturer in Film Studies and Liberal Arts at King’s College London and author of Exhibiting Cinema in Contemporary Art.

Inextinguishable Fire

Open image gallery

  • Director Harun Farocki
  • Germany 1969
  • 25 mins

“When we show you pictures of napalm victims, you’ll shut your eyes. You’ll close your eyes to the pictures. Then you’ll close them to the memory. And then you’ll close your eyes to the facts.”

Parallel I-IV

Open image gallery

  • Director Harun Farocki
  • Germany 2012-2014
  • 43 mins

Cinema’s onscreen worlds have always borne an indexical bond to the real. What happens when computer-generated video game images usurp film as the predominant medium of visual world-making? How does one’s relation to onscreen heroes shift when we no longer identify with real bodies? Harun Farocki’s four-part Parallel I–IV (2012–14) takes up these questions, tracing how, in just over 30 years, video games have developed from two-dimensional schematics to photorealistic environments.