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Hito Steyerl Lecture: Tuesday, October 19, 12:00–1:30 p.m. CT
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This event will be live captioned by CART.

Join us live for a virtual lecture by artist Hito Steyerl followed by an audience Q&A.


Portrait of Hito SteyerlHito Steyerl (b. 1966 in Munich, Germany) is a Berlin-based filmmaker, visual artist, writer, and innovator of the essay documentary. Her prolific filmmaking and writing occupies a highly discursive position between the fields of art, philosophy, and politics, constituting a deep exploration of late capitalism’s social, cultural, and financial imaginaries. Resulting from a personal lens of documentary film, her work has developed in the form of immersive videos and multimedia installations, combined with a spirit of research and experimentation. Although Steyerl uses the latest technologies, it is in order to question their power to influence the public and her capacity to refashion them in a subterranean manner that passes for "real.” Her films and lectures have increasingly addressed the presentational context of art, while her writing has circulated widely in both academic and art journals. She studied documentary film directing at the Japan Institute of the Moving Image and the University of Television and Film in Munich. She subsequently studied philosophy at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, where she received her doctorate. Steyerl is a professor for experimental film and video at the Berlin University of the Arts, where she founded the Research Center for Proxy Politics together with Vera Tollmann and Boaz Levin.

Her work has been the subject of several monographic exhibitions and has been included in many international events at prominent global art institutions. Recent exhibitions include K21, Düsseldorf, and Centre Pompidou, Paris (2020–21); Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Park Avenue Armory, New York, and Serpentine Galleries, London (2019); May You Live In Interesting Times, 58th Venice Biennale, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Kunstmuseum Basel, and Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2018); The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2017); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2016); and the German Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale (2015), among numerous others. A selection of her essays, published in various places, are summarized in four books: Die Farbe der Wahrheit (Vienna: Turia Kant, 2008), The Wretched of the Screen (Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2012), Beyond Representation (Berlin: Walther König, 2016), and Duty Free Art – Art in the Age of Planetary Civil Wars (London: Verso, 2017/Zurich: Diaphanes, 2018).

Portrait credit: Hito Steyerl. Photo: Trevor Paglen.

Gallery Representation

Andrew Kreps Gallery
Esther Schipper Gallery


An Onscreen Chat With Hito Steyerl, Art’s Great Screen Skeptic*
Jason Farago | The New York Times | June 9, 2021
*This is a library resource that requires ARTIC login

Prediction in the Era of Digital Stupidity: Hito Steyerl
Noam Segal | Flash Art | April 26, 2021

Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World
Despina Zefkili | Ocula Magazine | October 18, 2019

In Solidarity With the Kurdish People, Artist Hito Steyerl Demands That Germany Stops Showing Her Work as Part of Cultural Diplomacy
Kate Brown | artnet news | October 29, 2019

HITO STEYERL with Osman Can Yerebakan
Osman Can Yerebakan | Brooklyn Rail | July 21, 2019

What Is She Talking About? A 5-Point Primer on Hito Steyerl's Critical Badassery
Torey Akers | Artspace | April 11, 2019

Hito Steyerl Is an Artist With Power. She Uses It for Change*
Kimberly Bradley | The New York Times | December 15, 2017
*This is a library resource that requires ARTIC login




Hito Steyerl. I will survive
The first comprehensive retrospective exhibition of the artist, Hito Steyerl. I will survive, is organized by the Centre Pompidou, Paris (May 19 – July 5, 2021) and the K21 Düsseldorf (September 26, 2020 – January 10, 2021). 

Hito Steyerl: Power Plants
Organized by the Serpentine Galleries, London, Hito Steyerl: Power Plants, features new video installations created using artificial intelligence trained to predict the future.

MoMA Artist Profile

Visiting Artists Program Lecture Recordings from the Archive
SAIC Visiting Artists Program video and audio lecture recordings (1977–present.) Available with SAIC login credentials.

SAIC Digital Collections: Visiting Artists Program
SAIC Visiting Artists Program publicity archive and audio recordings (1977-98).