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    a programm for KIT intermedia by Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas
I Thouht I was Seeing Convicts April 20th, 2005

screening of the film “I Thouht I was Seeing Convicts”
by Harun Farocki / 2000 / 25 min.

It is part of a seria of Harun Farocki films, that are on the way to be presented at the screening series organized as part of “intermedia input:open for ALL”.

WELCOME to the screening! more info below.


“I Thouht I was Seeing Convicts”
by Harun Farocki / 2000 / 25 min.

from 17.00, Wednesday, April 20, 2005


Gediminas Urbonas


1944: born in Novy Jicin (Neutitschein), in German-annexed

1966-68: attended the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB).

After teaching posts in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Manila, Munich and Stuttgart Farocki took up a visiting , professorship at the University of California, Berkeley from 1993-1999.

Farockis has made close to 90 films, including three feature films, essay films and documentaries. He produced numerous publications, exhibitions and installations in galleries and museums.

1974-1984: editor and author of the magazine Filmkritik (München).

Since 2004 visiting professor at the Akademie für Bildende Künste, Vienna,Austria;

ON FILM: I Thouht I was Seeing Convicts

Images from the maximum-security prison in Corcoran, California. The surveillance camera shows a pie-shaped segment: a conrete-paved yard where the prisoners, dressed in shorts and mostly shirtless, are allowed to spend a half an hour a day. A convict attacks another, upon which those uninvolved lay themselves flat on the ground, their arms
over their heads.

Thy know what comes now: the guard will call out a warning and the fire rubber bullets. If the convicts do not stop fighting now, the guard will shoot for real. The picures are silent, the trail of gun smoke drifts across the picture.

The camera and the gun are right next to each other. The field of vision and the gun viewfinder fall together…

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