Hito Steyerl’s films and essays explore the impact of the proliferation and dissemination of digital images on our everyday lives. Steyerl often looks to how digital images constitute a new reality whose politics are determined by their being embedded in a specific economic regime, a new reality which may only be understood through other forms of moving or still images. In her recent film How Not To Be Seen. A Fucking Didactic Educational.MOV File, on view in the 9 Artists exhibition, Steyerl introduces a series of lessons on how to avoid being seen, how to escape either physical or mental forms of surveillance. How Not To Be Seen playfully instrumentalizes the methods of the digital world, exploring the potential of images that arrive already coded, inscribed with a variety of disparate, sometimes contradictory meanings. As Steyerl recently wrote, “images are not objective or subjective renditions of a preexisting condition…They are rather nodes of energy and matter that migrate across different supports, shaping and affecting people, landscapes, politics, and social systems.”
Lavine Lecture: Hito Steyerl Jun. 13
June 11, 2014
Join Hito Steyerl, one of the exhibiting artists in the List’s current exhibition 9 Artists, for a special talk presented as part of the Leroy and Dorothy Levine Lecture Series on Friday, June 13, 2014 at 7pm in the Bartos Theatre (E15 Atrium level). The talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the artist. This program is FREE and open to the general public.