I Thought I was seeing Convicts
(1944 – 2014, Germany) was a Berlin-based filmmaker, artist and curator. Harun Farocki developed his own unique style of non-narrative-filmmaking concerned with understanding, reflecting and confronting modern society. Since 1966 Farocki produced, wrote and directed more than 100 short and feature-length films for television and cinema, mostly documentaries, experimental and essay films, that analyzed social realities with a precise use of moving images that always included the political and sociological context involved in the creation of imagery.
His long list of credits since then includes over a hundred productions for video and cinema, the authoring and editing of the influential Filmkritik and numerous gallery and museum shows. His writings include Speaking about Godard, 1989; War I Media I Art, 2011. His summer 2011 retrospective at the MOMA Images of War (at a Distance) was the first comprehensive exhibition of his work in the U.S. In the 90’s he was visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and since 2006 he was full professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.