Zum Vergleich / In Comparison
Austria-Germany, 2009, 16mm
Bricks are the resonating fundamentals of society. Bricks are layers of clay that sound, like records, just simply too thick. Like records they appear in series, but every brick is slightly different – not just another brick in the wall. Bricks create spaces, organize social relations and store knowledge on social structures. They resonate in a way that tells us if they are good enough or not. Bricks form the fundamental sound of our societies, but we haven’t learned to listen to them. Through different traditions of brick production Farocki’s film has our eyes and ears consider them in comparison – and not in competition, not as a clash of cultures. Farocki shows us various brick production sites in their colors, movements and sounds. Brick burning, brick carrying, brick laying, bricks on bricks, no offcommentary. [...] The film shows us that certain production modes require their own duration and that cultures differentiate around the time of the brick.
*Screening along with How to live in the FRG (€5 ticket includes both films)