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
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.
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.