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VIEWFINDER: A CONVERSATION WITH HARUN FAROCKI

HARUN FAROCKI’s recently completed Eye/Machine trilogy made its debut last month at the 54th Carnegie International in Pittsburgh. Artforum editor TIM GRIFFIN caught up with the filmmaker on opening day in the Carnegie Museum’s garden, where he mused on smart weapons, cinema, and CNN.

TIM GRIFFIN: How would you say the second Gulf War has changed the imaging of war?

HARUN FAROCKI: In the first Gulf War, we all believed in “smart” weapons—meaning a weapon that can detect its own target and steer itself there. In this war, nobody dared to talk about smart weapons. They were a joke. Even the government no longer tried to tell us that such weapons really work. Nevertheless, one must consider how we first turned to such automatic weaponry—and that has to do with the logic of production in general.

A Texas Instruments promotional film that I quote in Eye/Machine says, “One bomb, one target.” If

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