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Sauerbruch Hutton Architects + Counter Music (PG*)

Architecture on Film

Sauerbruch Hutton Architects

Architecture on Film returns to filmmaker Harun Farocki for a double bill exploring architecture from the macro to the micro.

A master at making images speak as a pioneer of the essay film, vanguard filmmaker Harun Farocki’s lifelong interrogation of how the world is constructed, articulated and perceived frequently led him to architecture, finding within the built environment material ripe for deconstruction.

A film both made out of and about details and thinking, Sauerbruch Hutton Architects – Farocki’s final film – quietly observes the Berlin architectural office with an elegant precision that offers an analogy to his subject’s work.

Counter Music dissects the ‘city-body’ through its own images - both machine and man-made. From sleeping humans to waking street lamps, Farocki explores the ‘veins of the city’ in split screen, finding drama in the mundane to portray ‘a story of a day in the life of a city’.

Curated by The Architecture Foundation

Germany 2013 Dir Harun Farocki 73 min

France/Germany 2004 Dir Harun Farocki 23 min

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