Class Ten: Films by Hito Steyerl

Films by Hito Steyerl

A selection of films by Steyerl are available at UBUweb, including November (2004) and Lovely Andrea (2007).

You can watch How Not to be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Education .Mov File (2013) at the Artforum website and read a bit about it at the MoMA website.

There is also a Monty Python aspect to Steyerl’s How Not to be Seen, especially in the use of voice-over.

Writings by Steyerl

Steyerl has written extensively about¬† the circulation of images as well. A number of her essays, including the excellent “In Defense of the Poor Image,” are collected here. But you should also check out the archive of her work at e-flux, including “A Sea of Data” and “Too Much World” especially if you are interested in how she takes us questions of the image in the era of their digital reproducibility and on their circulation online.

If you want to venture an ILL request, Steyerl’s work has been collected in this volume, The Wretched of the Screen, by Sternberg Press.

Writings on Steyerl

As I mentioned in class, T.J. Demos has written extensively of Steyerl, including a piece in his book The Migrant Image. Canadian Art put together a primer on Steyerl around the time of her lecture in Toronto in 2015. I like this piece in Freize where Steyerl names some of the cinematic influences on her work.¬† In short, there’s are tons of interesting pieces out there on Steyerl and her work!

Hito Steyerl and Harun Farocki

This conversation between Steyerl and Farocki is as illuminating as it is wide-ranging. It is a must read if you want to understand the work of either artist. Steyerl penned a moving tribute to Farocki for Artforum when he passed away in 2014.

Steyerl on YouTube

There are many, many Steyerl interviews and lectures on YouTube, but I’m fond of this one, in conversation with Nina Power at the ICA in London in 2014.

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