In Pursuit of Images

Curated by Moad Musbahi as part of the programme 'In 20/20'

AA Gallery 23/1/2020 - 21/2/2020
24 January until 21 February inclusive.

Private View on Thursday 23 January

Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 18.00

For Harun Farocki, the distinction between the documentary and the fictional film lay in the movement of the camera as it tracks its subject: the subject is unpredictable, the documentarian pursues. At times the image is missed by a few frames.

Applying this logic, to Parallel 1-4 (2012-2014) and Serious Games 1-4 (2009-2010), is to imagine what is being pursued is the operational figure of the coder, the drill commander. The missed frames are replaced by the simulation error, the badly executed routine. The ground-plane ends, and the game hero falls endlessly into the glitch-abyss.

In Farocki’s first video installation Interface (1995), he acts out the tactile subjectivity at play between film and video, highlighting the medium’s material and cultural histories. With these two latter works and other artist’s moving-image works, In Pursuit of Images investigates a documentary mode that seeks to make visible the racial and cultural classification systems underlying image production.

Image Credit: Video still from "Parallel II" 2014
© Harun Farocki GbR

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The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Certificate), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.