Documentary Symposium: Documentary After Farocki


Temple University’s Film and Media Arts Department invites proposals for its
3rd Annual Documentary Theory-Practice Symposium

on the topic of "Documentary After Farocki"

One-day symposium, Friday, September 22, 2017
Temple Performing Arts Center
Temple University, Philadelphia

Speakers to include Thomas Y. Levin (Princeton) and video-essayist and critic Kevin B. Lee.

This one-day symposium will bring together mediamakers, critics, and scholars to examine the legacy and continuing influence of late essay filmmaker and artist, Harun Farocki.  Farocki’s career spans roughly fifty years during which time worked in 16mm, 35mm, video, and digital production, He was a writer, a critical theorist, a filmmaker, and an artist. His work was exhibited in alternative spaces, on network television and in the most prestigious international art exhibitions. What remained constant throughout his engagement with moving images was his unrelenting investigation and critique of image production.

We encourage scholarly papers as well as talks by critics, filmmakers, and media artists that engage with this legacy and explore what documentary film and nonfiction media can be after Farocki. The symposium seeks to include papers and presentations that not only that engage directly with Farocki’s oeuvre but also follow and expand on Farocki’s working methodology -- for example his use of multiple screens and platforms, soft montage, operational images, and different media formats to generate new systems of thought.

Please send a précis or abstract (300 words max.) and a brief bio to Nora Alter ( and Chris Cagle ( by Friday, Aug. 4. Notification of accepted proposals will go out mid-August.


Conor Dunphy said…
Where you marshall your illustrations for the 3rd Annual Documentary Theory-Practice Symposium is darned, if I know. But this one looks very, very good.
Chris Cagle said…
I should have credited: The image is from Farocki's Immersion.

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