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Soccer Reinterpreted
May 31, 2012   
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An attention-grabbing video installation entitled “Deep Play” is the centerpiece of the Harun Farocki for the first time in Warsaw exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Art.

This outstanding artist and documentary maker used TV coverage of the World Cup soccer final between France and Italy in 2006 to create a multidimensional documentary of the event on 12 screens.

Although Farocki, from Germany, has long been in the front rank of contemporary artists, this is the first exhibition of his work in Poland. He has been making documentary films since the 1960s and video installations since the 1990s. These installations are on display in the world’s major galleries.

“Deep Play” is not just a series of recorded worldwide TV broadcasts but also footage from surveillance cameras at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, a shot of a single footballer playing, computer simulations of the course of the match, diagrams analyzing the moves of the players, and an outside view of a stadium filmed by Farocki from a building across the street.

Also on display are works from the Serious Games series. These are devoted to the theme of how computer simulations are used in the training and therapy of American soldiers.

Opposition to war is the recurring theme in Farocki’s work. An installation made on the basis of one of his first films Inextinguishable Fire (1969), a protest against the Vietnam War, analyzes the relationship between production and destruction.

Open until Aug. 19
Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art
2 Jazdów St., tel. +48 22 628 12 71-3
For more information, go to www.csw.art.pl
Tue.-Sun. 12 p.m.-7 p.m., Fri. 12 p.m.-9 p.m.
Free admission on Thursdays
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