Department of Film and Media Arts' annual Documentary Theory/Practice Symposium brings together scholars, media makers, and critics to reflect on the direction of nonfiction filmmaking today. Each symposium is a one-day conversation devoted to a rotating topic. The third annual symposium, taking place on September 22, 2017, is devoted to the work and artistic legacy of influential German filmmaker and video artist Harun Farocki. Farocki was a pioneer of the essay film and found-footage documentary, and his work extended to multi-channel installations addressing the audiovisual language of video games, military surveillance, and other digital forms.
This symposium will take place in conjunction with FMA's online installation titled "Borders in a Single Shot." Modeled after Farocki's "Labor in a Single Shot," the project uses digital video to reflect on immigration, exile, conflict, and "borders" in a broad sense. FMA faculty and students will present their work at an international meeting of the Farocki Institute in Berlin in October 2017.