#25: evidence of the opaque and intricate apparatus of our reality needed

February 28, 2017

“Evidentiary Realism focuses on artworks that prioritize formal aspects of visual language and mediums; diverging from journalism and reportage, they strive to provoke visual pleasure and emotional responses. In particular, these artists also theoretically articulate the aesthetic, social, and documentary functions of their mediums in relation to the subject matter they investigate.”
"I Thought I Was Seeing Convicts," 2000, Harun Farocki

“I Thought I Was Seeing Convicts,” 2000, Harun Farocki

“Some of the evidentiary realist works break down visibility to abstraction to underline the limits of seeing, while others use figuration or synthesis to enhance insight. The encoded information and nuanced details behind the works point to large, highly complex realities that come into focus through the factual evidence shown. Yet these enigmatic and seductive works serve as evidence of the opaque and intricate apparatus of our reality.”
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One Response to “#25: evidence of the opaque and intricate apparatus of our reality needed”


  1. […] films (especially experimental films) as sites of disruption and subversion: #25: evidence of the opaque and intricate apparatus of our reality needed; and #22: experimental escape routes needed; and #56: subversion through grinning; learn truths from […]


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