Harun Farocki's films are a constant meditation on images and their sources. These inquiries provoke questions around into the institutions that produce images and put them into circulation. The director’s interest lies in establishing links between the military, science, and industrial forces, that are themselves mediated by military and civil technologies. In ‘The Inextinguishable Fire’ this is illustrated through the example of Dow Chemical, which produced plastic foil for households to use while simultaneously producing napalm for use in the Vietnam War. In the language of an instructional film Farocki looks at arms manufacturing and domestic manufacturing, asking the question how easy it is to make a machine-gun out of vacuum parts and a vacuum out of machine-gun parts.
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