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Hito Steyerl at n.b.k.

Posted in exposición, político, video by black maria on 31/08/2009

SteyerlAugust 29–Oktober 18, 2009

Curated by Marius Babias

The presentation in the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein is artist and film-maker Hito Steyerl’s first solo show at a German institution. Her work has been featured at big exhibitions such as the 3. berlin biennial for contemporary art (2004), Manifesta 5 (2004), documenta 12 (2007), or the Shanghai Biennial (2008). Trained as a filmmaker, she holds a PhD in philosophy and works on the borderline between cinema and visual art, combing elements of experimental film, auteur cinema, documentary, and video art to undertake cutting post-colonial and feminist critiques of representation.

Using a sharply honed (visual) language to effect her discourse analysis slightly rephrased, Steyerl penetrates the masscultural aesthetic to reflect upon social change. She uses what could be called a “theoretical practice,” a “discursive action” that leaves behind the separation of theory and practice to attain a complex analytical view of the world that encompasses visuality and language in equal measure. In this approach, theoretical thought does not freeze up in reflection; instead, film-making renders it productive as a creative act of mediation between the theoretical and practical realms.

Her films are a montage of pop and politics, Hollywood and independent film, interviews and voice-over commentaries, all combined into provocative filmic analyses of the present. In her new film After the Crash (2009), Steyerl tells the story of the current global economic crisis through the example of airplane junkyard in the Californian desert. In the double projection In/Dependence (2008), Steyerl returns to the theme of Japanese bondage, a subgenre of pornography that she already explored in her earlier film Lovely Andrea (2007). In Do you speak Spamsoc (2008), she examines the logic of “Spamsoc” as its own language of translation on the covers of pirated Chinese DVDs. The film November (2004) tells the story of Steyerl’s teenage friend Andrea Wolf, who later become a fighter for the PKK, while the animation film Red Alert 2 (2008) follows up on the reception of Red Alert (2007), one of Steyerl’s contributions to documenta 12. The n.b.k Video-Forum will feature the documentation The Building (2009), an intervention on migration and national socialism that Steyerl made in the framework of the European Cultural Capital Linz 09.

Book series “n.b.k exhibitions”
The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication with an introduction by Marius Babias and texts by T.J. Demos and Bert Rebhandl. This 168 page color illustrated German-English volume will appear with the publishing house of Walther König, Cologne. In spring 2010 the book series “n.b.k discourse” will also feature a collection of essays by Hito Steyerl.

Program
Saturday, August 29, 2009
7 pm On Film and Ideology (in English)
Films and discussion with Phil Collins (artist, Glasgow/Berlin), Pablo Lafuente (co-editor Afterall, London; associate curator Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Oslo), Hito Steyerl (artist, Berlin)

Thursday, September 3, 2009
6 pm Exhibtion tour with Marius Babias (curator)

Thursday, September 17, 2009
6 pm Exhibition tour with Sophie Goltz (communication / education n.b.k.)

Thursday, October 1, 2009
7 pm Is museum a factory?
Round table on “Video art in institutions” with Sabine Breitwieser (curator, Vienna), Thomas Elsaesser (film historian, Amsterdam), Hito Steyerl (artist, Berlin), moderated by Bert Rebhandl (film critic, Berlin)

Sunday, October 18, 2009
8 pm Long film night with Clemens von Wedemeyer (artist and film-maker, Berlin)

(Image: Videostill: Hito Steyerl, After the Crash, 2009)

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