Spotlight: Hito Steyerl
For our Spotlight this week we present Hito Steyerl's SocialSim, 2020.
SocialSim, 2020, is a site-specific video installation that premiered at K21 in Düsseldorf and now on view at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, through July 5.
The installation includes an immersive projected live simulation—Dancing Mania in Düsseldorf and Rebellion in Paris—and a video presented in two adjacent darkened rooms divided by a wall, also used as a projection surface. In both rooms the floor is covered with reflective black vinyl that mirrors the projections.
Hito Steyerl – Centre Pompidou, ParisCentre Pompidou, Paris through July 5, 2021 www.centrepompidou.fr
The Centre Pompidou presents, in collaboration with K21 in Düsseldorf, I Will Survive: the first large-scale exhibition dedicated to the work of Hito Steyerl in France.
Spreading out over the entire space of the Galerie 2 of the Centre Pompidou, the survey exhibition brings together a group of major works, articulated around SocialSim (2020), a new production that imagines the future of the world in the era of social simulation technologies. The retrospective retraces a path that began in the 1990s in the field of documentary cinema and that has been developing, for the past ten years, particularly inventive multimedia installations, dedicated to joyfully transforming the immersive character of our visual culture into a space for reflection. Pointing out the failures and paradoxes of the image, Hito Steyerl experiments with new ways of talking about reality and critically addresses nationalism, capitalism and artificial intelligence.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue.
"The Challenge: We are in this together" – Esther Schipper for The New Institute
For its December newsletter, titled "The Challenge: We are in this together", The New Institute asked Esther Schipper – among other thinkers and practitioners – to share her insights and analysis on the current global pandemic. For the occasion, Esther Schipper selected artworks by the gallery artists showing that the questions of viruses and pandemics have been among us for a long time.
Hito Steyerl's "We Will Survive TV"November 15, 19, 21, 26, 2020 www.e-flux.com
What happens to the art at the museum at night?
A weird-ass visual podcast
During the corona-related shutdown in November 2020, Hito Steyerl’s exhibition I Will Survive at K21 (September 26, 2020—January 10, 2021) transforms into a livestream format. The project 4 Nights at the Museum developed by the artist, filmmaker, and author Hito Steyerl, provides some background and conversations about the works in the exhibition.
In five episodes (each lasting ca. 45 minutes), selected works and themes in I Will Survive will be discussed in more detail. Participants in the works, such as the New York-based graphic designer Ayham Ghraowi or the Hamburg-based actress Heja Netirk, will talk about their perspectives. In addition, Steyerl will present alternative versions of exhibited works and previously unedited archival material. Short guided tours by the curators will accompany visitors into the exhibition spaces, which are abandoned at night. They will take a look at some of the works and prove that there is nothing going on inside the museum during the shutdown.
The episodes will livestream on e-flux Video & Film starting Sunday, November 15. All episodes air at 8pm CET, 2pm EST.
Hito Steyerl's "SocialSim" Live StreamTwitch TV Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Hito Steyerl's simulation Social Sim screening live from a locked down K21 to reflect the current political climate.
Hito Steyerl at K21K21, Düsseldorf September 26, 2020 – January 10, 2021 www.kunstsammlung.deHito SteyerlI Will SurviveSeptember 26, 2020 – January 10, 2021The Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen is presenting the first comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the artist, filmmaker, and author Hito Steyerl. Steyerl is currently regarded as one of the most advanced artists in terms of the current reflection on the social role of art and museums, the development of artificial intelligence, and experimentation with media-based forms of presentation. With early works exemplary of the “documentary turn”, the exhibition begins with a different conception of the documentary, the conceptual change of which Steyerl has decisively co-conceived, formulated, and practiced.More information can be found HERE
Film Screening with Hito SteyerlThis Human World Film Festival Top Kino, Vienna December 9, 2019, 5:30 pm www.thishumanworld.com
Helin Celik, Nathalie Borgers, Tina Leisch and Hito Steyerl, four unlike filmmakers, initiated the film series Women Rise up For Rojava and want raise awareness for solidarity with mult-ethnical, multi-ideological and feminist self-government structures in kurdish regions in Syria (Rojava) in order to strengthen the international collaboration of women for the peace building process in the Middle East.
More information can be found HERE
Film Screening with Hito SteyerlBar Laika, 224 Greene Ave, Brooklyn, New York Wednesday, November 27, 9 pm www.e-flux.com
In Free Fall incorporates a trio of works: Before the Crash, After the Crash and Crash, which tell the story of the current global economic crisis through the example of an aeroplane junkyard in the Californian desert. The aeroplane junkyard reveals the anatomy of all sorts of crashes: both fictional and real. This is an investigation of planes as they are parked during the economic downturn, stored and recycled, revealing unexpected connections between economy, violence and spectacle.
For more information click HERE.
Hito Steyerl at Neuer Berliner Kunstvereinn.b.k. – Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin November 23, 2019 – January 26, 2020 www.nbk.org
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: BELANCIEGE
Stream of the lecture by Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Hito Steyerl, and Miloš Trakilović
November 21, 2019, 7 pm
Stream at www.nbk.org
Image and Representation in the Work of Hito Steyerl
With Nora M. Alter (Professor of Film and Media Art, Temple University, Philadelphia) and Klaus Theweleit (Cultural theorist, Freiburg), moderated by Doreen Mende (Curator and theorist, Harun Farocki Institute, Berlin / University of Art and Design, Geneva)
In German and English
November 28, 2019, 7 pm
Hito Steyerl, who artistically and socially reflects our world in times of hypercapitalism, digital lifestyles, globalization, and growing political crises, is one of the most influential artists of our time. In 2009, she presented her first solo exhibition in a German institution at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.).
In 2019, which marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the institution, n.b.k. is again dedicating a solo exhibition to her work, presenting the video installation This is the Future (2019) together with the large-scale site-specific installation MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: BELANCIEGE. In cooperation with the artists Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze and Miloš Trakilović, Steyerl has developed a new lecture, in which her preoccupation with the conditions of capitalist production, consumer culture, and the mechanisms of commodification is continued.
Hito Steyerl at Art Gallery of OntarioArt Gallery of Ontario, Toronto October 24, 2019 – February 23, 2020 www.ago.ca
with Hito Steyerl
Wednesday October 23, 2019, 6:30 pm
Hito Steyerl is an artist, theorist and acute observer of our contemporary world. This survey exhibition, the largest of its kind in Canada, brings together a significant number of her works from the last 15 years.
Steyerl's playful explorations of technology and power structures result in darkly ironic cultural critiques that feel particularly relevant today. She blends the personal with the political, the satirical with the serious, while addressing a range of topics from economic collapse to globalization. Steyerl draws us into her world, asking us to reflect on our own roles in shaping the not-so-distant future.
Hito Steyerl at Park Avenue ArmoryPark Avenue Armory, New York June 20 – July 21, 2019 www.armoryonpark.org
Artist Talk: Drill
Park Avenue Armory, New York
June 20, 2019, 6 pm
This summer, Hito Steyerl reveals her most recent installation in the U.S. to date, commissioned by the Armory and curated by Park Avenue Armory’s visual arts curator Tom Eccles. ⠀
Steyerl utilizes both the Wade Thompson Drill Hall and historic interiors of the building in mounting both pre-existing works as well as new projects commissioned by the Armory in her ongoing illumination of the world’s power structures, inequalities, obscurities, and delights. When viewed collectively, this material allows the viewer to zoom in on and out from some of the most complex and pressing issues of our time.⠀
For more information and tickets click HERE.
Artist Talk with Liam Gillick & Hito Steyerle-flux, New York June 14, 2019, 7-9 pm & June 15, 2019, 10:30 am - 8 pm www.e-flux.com
e-flux journal presents: Art After Culture? cumulative conference in New York featuring Liam Gillick and Hito Steyerl.
For more information and tickets click HERE.
Film Screening with Hito SteyerlBar Laika by e-flux, New York June 13, 2019, 9 pm
Film Screening: Lovely Andrea (2007)
Bar Laika by e-flux, New York
Thursday June 13, 2019, 9 pm
Lovely Andrea follows the artist’s quest to find a bondage photograph she posed for while in Tokyo as a film student. The film explores ideas of bondage and domination as they extend to self-identification, popular culture, and politics.
May You Live in Interesting Times with Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Tomás Saraceno and Hito Steyerl58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Venice May 11 – November 24, 2019 www.labiennale.org
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Tomás Saraceno and The Work of Hito Steyerl, are participating in the 58th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, May You Live in Interesting Times, curated by Ralph Rugoff.
Hito Steyerl at Serpentine GalleriesSerpentine Galleries, London April 11 – May 6, 2019 www.serpentinegalleries.org
Hito Steyerl’s new project for the Serpentine Galleries considers power and inequality in society, mapping unequal wealth distribution in the communities surrounding the Serpentine which has been recorded as one of the most socially uneven areas in Europe. Power Plants will see an augmented reality app designed to expand our social vision of some local communities to reveal what Steyerl calls Actual Reality, a series of guided neighbourhood ‘power walks’, and a new video installation created using artificial intelligence trained to predict the future.
Beginning with the premise that "power’" is the necessary condition for any digital technology’, Steyerl considers the multiple meanings of the word, including electrical currents, the ecological powers of plants or natural elements, and the complex networks of authority that shape our environments.
Artist talk with Hito SteyerlAkademie der Künste, Pariser Platz, Berlin April 9, 2019, 7 pm www.adk.de
Hito Steyerl in conversation with Marius Babias
Steyerl’s artistic discourse orbits sociopolitical processes in theory and practice: postcolonial criticism, abuse of power, violence and the influences of globalization and digital life visualized in five mixed media installations.
This year’s Käthe Kollwitz Prize winner responds by assembling and disassembling computer generated and real images as well as self-written texts. An artist talk will be held together with Marius Babias on 9 Apr 2019.
The talk will be held in German and tickets can be purchased here.
Animal – Human – Robot with the Work of Hito SteyerlMO Museum, Vilnius April 6 – August 25, 2019 www.mo.lt
Animal – Human – Robot will explore explores the ever-changing relationship between humans and other beings: from animal species to organic and mechanical entities created by humans, such as genetically modified organisms or artificial intelligence.
Read more about the exhibition here.
Hito Steyerl Receives the Käthe Kollwitz Prize, 2019Akademie der Künste, Berlin February 21 – April 14, 2019 www.adk.de
We are delighted to announce the exhibition opening and award ceremony of Hito Steyerl for the Käthe Kollwitz Prize 2019 at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin.
Read more about the exhibition here.