Labour in a Single Shot: Critical Perspectives on Antje Ehmann and Harun Farocki’s Global Video Project

edited by Roy Grundmann, Peter Schwartz and Gregory Williams
Film Culture in Transition
Amsterdam University Press, 2022
eISBN: 978-90-485-5021-0

This collection of essays offers a critical assessment of Labour in a Single Shot, a groundbreaking documentary video workshop. From 2011 to 2014, curator Antje Ehmann and film- and videomaker Harun Farocki produced an art project of truly global proportions. They travelled to fifteen cities around the world to conduct workshops inspired by cinema history’s first film, Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory, shot in 1895 by the Lumière brothers in France. While the workshop videos are in colour and the camera was not required to remain static, Ehmann and Farocki’s students were tasked with honouring the original Lumière film’s basic parameters of theme and style. The fascinating result is a collection of more than 550 short videos that have appeared in international exhibitions and on an open-access website, offering the widest possible audience the opportunity to ponder contemporary labour in multiple contexts around the world.

Roy Grundmann is Associate Professor of Film Studies at Boston University. He is the author of Andy Warhol’s Blow Job (2003), the editor of A Companion to Michael Haneke (2010) and Werner Schroeter (2018), and a co-editor of Michael Haneke: Interviews (2020), The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film, Vols. I-IV (2012) and American Film History: Selected Readings, Vol. 1 (Beginnings to 1960) and Vol. 2 (1960-Present) (2015). Grundmann has curated retrospectives on Andy Warhol, Michael Haneke, and Matthias Müller.

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