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In Comparison


2009, 16mm, 61 minutes

Directed by Harun Farocki

Courtesy of Arsenal Films

Bricks are the resonating fundamentals of society…Through different traditions of brick production Farocki’s film has our eyes and ears consider them in comparison – and not in competition, not as clash of cultures. Farocki shows us various brick production sites in their colours, movements and sounds. Brick burning, brick carrying, brick laying, bricks on bricks, no off-commentary. 20 inter-titles in 60 minutes tell us something about the temporality of working processes. The film shows us that certain production modes require their own duration and that cultures differentiate around the time of the brick. – Ute Holl