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Workers leaving the factory – Harun Farocki / Screening+Talk #2

Contributors:Csobó Péter
Venue: Nest
Opening:09/20/2022 19:00 (Tue)
Duration:09/20 - 09/20/2022

The films will be shown in German with English subtitles, and the conversations will be in Hungarian and whatever else is available. Admission is free, everyone is welcome!

Harun Farocki: Arbeiter verlassen die Fabrik / Workers Leaving the Factory (1995, 36 min)

Workers Leaving the Factory – the title of the first cinema film ever shown in public. For 45 seconds, this still existant sequence depicts workers at the photographic products factory in Lyon owned by the brothers Louis and Auguste Lumière hurrying, closely packed, out of the shadows of the factory gates and into the afternoon sun. Only here, in departing, are the workers visible as a social group. But where are they going? To a meeting? To the barricades? Or simply home?

These questions have preoccupied generations of documentary filmmakers. For the space before the factory gates has always been the scene of social conflicts. And furthermore, this sequence has become an icon of the narrative medium in the history of the cinema.

In his documentary essay of the same title, Harun Farocki explores this scene right through the history of film. The result of this effort is a fascinating cinematographic analysis in the medium of cinematography itself, ranging in scope from Chaplin's Modern Times to Fritz Lang's Metropolis to Pier Paolo Pasolini's Accattone!. Farocki's film shows that the Lumière brothers' sequence already carries within itself the germ of a foreseeable social development: the eventual disappearance of this form of industrial labor.
(Klaus Gronenborn)

After the screening there will be talk with Péter Csobó

The event is mutually realized by aqb and the Goethe-Institut.