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Directed by Harun Farocki

Germany 2009 61 mins. In German

Farocki, who boasts a distinguished career as one of Europe’s foremost documentarians and whose films often critique the valences of modern life, here trains his camera on bricks and their differing modes of production around the world, in all sorts of contexts, both machine- and man-made. Through a distanced approach virtually devoid of judgment, IN COMPARISON reveals fundamental differences and surprisingly profound similarities between disparate cultures. “I wanted to make a film about concomitance and about contemporary production on a range of different technical levels. So I looked for an object that had not changed too much in the past few thousand years. This could have been a shoe or a knife, but a brick becomes part of a building and therefore part of our environment. So the brick appears as something of a poetic object.”—Harun Farocki, Artforum.