Original title Vergleich über ein Drittes Scriptwriter, director Harun Farocki Camera Ingo Kratisch Sound Matthias Rajmann with the assistance of Antje Ehmann, Regina Krotil, Mamta Murthy, Markus Nechleba, Jan Ralske, Claus Üblacker Locations Burkina Faso (Gando), India (Mumbai, Nimbut, Pune), France (Leers) Germany (Dachau-Pellheim, Köln-Lövenich, Mücke-Atzenhain, Olfen-Vinnum) with the support of Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Vienna Thanks to Diébédo Francis Kéré Executive Producer Matthias Rajmann Production Harun Farocki Filmproduktion, Berlin, Installation, 16-mm double projection, color, sound, 24 min. (Loop), Germany 2007 First screening 2007, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Vienna Note Videofile in a single-channel-version available

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Vergleich über ein Drittes is about the concept of work, as reflected in the example of the manufacture and processing of bricks. Harun Farocki shows working procedures in traditional, newly industrializing, and highly industrialized societies. The seated woman worker was filmed in India. There follows footage of brick manufactoring in Mumbai, Nimbut, and Pune in single and double projections, as well as images shot in industrialized Europe that jump back and forth or are projected side by side. After this initial presentation of increasingly automated manufacturing processes, the subsequent work steps in the various lacations and societies are related to one another in a series of different constellations.

(Matthias Michalka)