Conversations at the Edge

October 4- HITO STEYERL

Posted by | Robyn Farrell | Posted on | September 30, 2012

Thursday, October 4, 6 p.m. | Introduced by Lisa Dorin, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago

Image from In Free Fall (Hito Steyerl, 2010). Courtesy the artist Wilifried Lentz Gallery, Rotterdam.

Hito Steyerl’s masterfully orchestrated video essays chart the lives of images, objects, and places to arrive at provocative new conclusions about their meaning.This program features two of these works, Lovely Andrea (2007) and In Free Fall (2010). Through interviews, appropriated footage, and her own personal Super-8 and photographic archive, she imaginatively explores the shifting social, political,and economic implications of her subjects.

Presented in collaboration with the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Contemporary Art, which presents “focus: Hito
Steyerl” November 1 2012 -January 27, 2013.

HITO STEYERL (b. 1966, Munich, Germany) is a video artist, filmmaker, theorist, author, and journalist. Her work has been featured at big exhibitions such as the 2004 Berlin Biennial, Manifesta 5, 37th International Film Festival Rotterdam, documenta 12, and the 2008 Shanghai Biennial. She holds a PhD in philosophy and works on the borderline between cinema and visual art, combining elements of experimental film, auteur cinema, documentary, and video art to undertake cutting post-colonial and feminist critiques of representation. She is a professor for media art at the University of Arts Berlin and has taught film and theory at (amongst other institutions) Goldsmiths College and Bard College, Center for Curatorial Studies.

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