Harun Farocki is a celebrated German filmmaker and artist, for decades he has explored how cinema and other image technologies affect our understanding of the world. Deep Play is a huge, 12-screen work offering a dozen different perspectives on the World Cup finals of 2006, which were held in Germany. They amounted to one of the biggest broadcasting events since the millennium, seen by an estimated 1.5 billion people. Deep Play shows the official footage of football’s governing body, FIFA, footage by the artist and analytical footage showing each player’s speed, the extent of his possession of the ball and his shots on goal. Deep Play was previously exhibited at documenta 12 (2007).
Born in 1944 in the then German-annexed Czechoslovakia from 1966-1968 Farocki studied at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (West). From 1974 - 1984 he was the author and editor of the journal Filmkritik in Munich. Since 1966 he has created over 100 productions for television or the cinema, including children’s television, documentary films, film essays and story films. Since 2004 Farocki has been a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.
Deep Play originated as a collaboration between the artist and Documenta 12, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona (MACBA), DFB Kulturstiftnung Berlin, and FIFA. UK Premiere.