A series of essays and close readings of Steyerl's films from the past ten years.
Hito Steyerl is rightly considered one of the most exciting artists working today who speculates on the impact of the Internet and digitization on the fabric of our everyday lives. Her films and writings offer an astute, provocative, and often funny analysis of the dizzying speed with which images and data are reconfigured, altered, and dispersed, many times over, accelerating into infinity or crashing into oblivion.
Too Much World
gathers a series of essays and close readings of Steyerl's films from the past ten years. Newly commissioned texts by Sven Lütticken
, Karen Archey
, Ana Teixeira Pinto, and Nick Aikens, alongside writings by Thomas Elsaesser, Pablo Lafuente, David Riff, and Steyerl, are spliced with over one hundred pages of color stills. This publication is a charged slideshow of the artist's extraordinary investigations into the status, circulation, and materiality of images.
Published on the occasion of the artist's survey exhibitions at the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, and the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, in 2014.
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 12, Taipei Biennial 2010, and 7th Shanghai Biennial. Her written essays have proliferated more on- than offline in journals such as e-flux and eipcp.
Edited by Nick Aikens.
Texts by Nick Aikens, Karen Archey
, Thomas Elsaesser, Pablo Lafuente, Sven Lütticken
, David Riff, Hito Steyerl, Ana Teixeira Pinto.
Graphic design by Bardhi Haliti.
published in June 2014
12,6 x 21,6 cm (softcover with dust jacket)
244 pages (107 color & 11 b/w ill.)
ISBN : 978-3-95679-057-7
EAN : 9783956790577