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This essay film from renowned filmmaker and media theorist Harun Farocki meditates on the rhetoric of film and video editing. Using clips from his past documentary work, Farocki explores the relationship between the editor and the images he or she manipulates. Interface becomes essential to our understanding of contemporary audio-visual culture by highlighting the implications of the video editor’s work. Derived from an installation commissioned by the Lille Museum of Modern Art, Interface employs a unique dual-screen composition that mimics the editing table and offers a new understanding of visual language. In Interface, the editor – whose work has become essential to the Information Age – becomes a powerful figure with a strong ethical relationship to the images, sounds, and, eventually, ideology that they help produce. In German with English subtitles.

Harun Farocki---Germany---1995---25 mins.