Hito Steyerl

Hito Steyerl (born 1966 in Munich, lives and works in Berlin) is a filmmaker and writer. She teaches New Media Art at University of the Arts in Berlin. Steyerl studied film at the Academy of Visual Arts in Tokyo, the University of Television and Film in Munich, and holds a Ph.D in philosophy from the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. The most formative parts of her education, however, include working as a stunt-girl and bouncer. Steyerl's work focuses on the intersection of media technology, political violence, and desire by using humor, charm, and reduced gravity as political means of expression. Her sources range from appropriated low-fi clips and sounds to mostly misquoted philosophical fittings. These elements are condensed in rambling essayistic speculation in both text and imagery. Through her oversensitivity to analogies, Steyerl both collects and creates stories describing realities that are stranger than fiction and reflected upon in galloping thought experiments. Her work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions including documenta 12Taipei Biennial 2010, and 7th Shanghai Biennial. Her written essays have proliferated more on- than offline in journals such as e-flux and eipcp.
Hito Steyerl - De l\'art en duty free - L\'art à l\'époque de la guerre civile planétaire
French edition
Les presses du réel – Criticism, theory & documents – Perceptions
A caustic diagnosis of the situation of the current art, by one of its major protagonists.
Hito Steyerl - Too Much World - The Films of Hito Steyerl
English edition
Sternberg Press - Monographs and artists' books
sold out
A series of essays and close readings of Steyerl's films from the past ten years.
Hito Steyerl - E-flux journal - The Wretched of the Screen
English edition
Sternberg Press - E-flux journal
sold out
In Hito Steyerl's writing we begin to see how, even if the hopes and desires for coherent collective political projects have been displaced onto images and screens, it is precisely here that we must look frankly at the technology that seals them in.
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