Repurposed Theatre


  • 23/08- 02/09
  • 5Rewe - Dein Markt
  • 72 minutes
  • English/ German

Shopping is an everyday cultural act; it is inevitable, taken for granted. Entering into the world of shopping — the world of shopping malls — can be a Dantean voyage into hell or a redeeming ceremony of Communion. Everyone is familiar with this experience and knows what a mall looks like. This self-evident phenomenon is, however, the result of a highly complex process. The designing of shopping malls is overseen by an army of planners, managers and scientists: there are consultants, re-launch analysts, a central association, mall magazines. 6000 guests and laboratories attended an annual convention in Las Vegas at which questions were investigated such as where the gaze of a customer falls and how a “spontaneous” purchase can be induced. Farocki shows how mall producers look at malls when they want to find out, for example, how passers-by move, where they stop and where they reach for an article. He adds these images to the everyday ones — and gives them a magical charge. Harun Farocki was a film-maker, writer and media theorist. He has produced almost 90 films and in the years before his unexpected death in 2014, increasingly created media and video installations.


  • Regie, Buch Harun Farocki
  • Assistenz Matthias Rajmann
  • Kamera Ingo Kratsch,Rosa Mercedes
  • Schnitt Max Reimann
  • Ton Ludger Blanke, Matthias Rajmann, Leo van Rook
  • Recherche Rob Miotke, Stefan Pethke, Matthias Rajmann, Brett Simon
  • Produktionsleitung SWR, Thomas Lorenz
  • Produktion Harun Farocki