Open File

Harun Farocki — Arbeiter verlassen di Fabrik (Workers leaving the factory)
File under — video

Harun Farocki’s 1995 video charts the history of workers appearing in film across the decades. Starting with the first film ever shot, showing the workers leaving the Lumiere Brothers’ factory, the video essay becomes a tacit expose of a history of employer/employee relations.

This video was shown at ‘Pavilion Screening 23/11/11’, Grand Union, Birmingham, alongside work by Adrianna Palazzolo, David Spraggs and Tom Crawford. This work addresses capitalism, essay, film, history, industry, labour and narration.