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Smash the Screen

Hal Foster: ‘Duty Free Art’

5 April 2018
Duty Free Art: Art in the Age of Planetary Civil War 
by Hito Steyerl.
Verso, 256 pp., £16.99, October 2017, 978 1 78663 243 2
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... affects’. Steyerl offers these last four terms (adapted from Thomas Elsaesser, Rem Koolhaas, Harun Farocki and Steven Shaviro respectively) as part of her lexicon for survival in a contemporary life caught in the capitalist Web. In her view this life threatens to become an endless match of Captcha (as in ‘Completely Automated Public Turing Test to ...

You have a new memory

Hal Foster: Trevor Paglen

11 October 2018
Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen 
by John P. Jacob and Luke Skrebowski.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 252 pp., £45, July 2018, 978 1 911282 33 4
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Trevor Paglen 
by Lauren Cornell, Julia Bryan-Wilson and Omar Kholeif.
Phaidon, 160 pp., £29.95, May 2018, 978 0 7148 7344 2
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... he attempts to get inside its mechanisms. In this he follows the lead of the late German filmmaker Harun Farocki, who, according to Paglen, ‘entered the sound stages, editing rooms, post-production houses and techno-military laboratories’ in order ‘to show humans how a machine is seeing’ (or, more precisely, scanning). Where Paglen once evoked ...

When the beam of light has gone

Peter Wollen: Godard Turns Over

17 September 1998
The Films of Jean-Luc Godard 
by Wheeler Winston Dixon.
SUNY, 290 pp., £17.99, March 1997, 0 7914 3285 8
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Speaking about Godard 
by Kaja Silverman and Harun Farocki.
New York, 256 pp., $55, July 1998, 0 8147 8066 0
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... and inherent transcendence afforded by the waking dream of the cinematographic process’. Haroun Farocki and Kaja Silverman, in contrast, adopt a microscopic approach, writing about only eight films in an exercise of what they describe as ‘close reading’, concentrating on specific sequences and shots within each film. Their book is bravely experimental ...

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