STRIKE BY HITO STEYERL
From September 18 to 24, 2023.
Strike, Steyerl's shortest film to date, shows a very direct act of media criticism: the artist approaches a black LCD flatscreen with a hammer and chisel, sets to work and shatters it with a well-aimed blow. The cracks in the surface and the resulting mirror effects produce a new, abstract-aesthetic image, which in turn is reminiscent of early experiments in video art. With her impacting gesture, Hito Steyerl reminds us of the physical reality of media images.
Hito Steyerl (*1966 in Munich, lives in Berlin) is one of the most influential artists of our time and has significantly shaped the discourse around the so-called Documentary Turn since the 1990s. Both her theoretical texts and artistic works in the mediums of video, film, and performance examine postcolonial and feminist critiques of representation, breaking open and penetrating the documentary through strategies of fictionalization. Her essay films and large-scale video installations investigate the politics of images, questioning aesthetic mechanisms of power while shedding light on political conflicts, social change in our technologized society, and the workings of our capitalist lifeworld.
Strike - Hito Steyerl - 2010 - 00:35 Min.
- The film will be shown for a week at a time sunset to 2:00 a.m. on the display windows of the Goethe-Institut and can be viewed on an indoor screen during the opening hours.