Workers Leaving the Factory (1995) uses the seminal Lumière Brothers film to instigate an exploration of this trope across film history (Metropolis, Modern Times, Red Desert) and its gradual disappearance as a figure of industrialised labour. Courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive, Australia. Interface (1995) is a self-reflexive account of Farocki’s own practice as an image producer. The Expression of Hands (1997) returns to cinema history to compile a taxonomy of close-ups of hands (Pickup on South Street, North by Northwest) denoting labour, exchange, emotion and expression.
Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI
Materialist Film Histories
This program of three short essayistic works demonstrates Farocki’s acute and playful facility with reworking existing images and exploring materialist film history.