Hito Steyerl

Read our profile of the Berlin-based writer and filmmaker who suggests that we can be more than just consumers: we can be active agents in the world around us

By Paul Pieroni

In Free Fall, 2010 (still). Courtesy the artist November, 2004 (film still). Courtesy the artist November, 2004 (film still). Courtesy the artist How Not to Be Seen. A Fucking Didactic Educational .MOV File, 2013 (still). Courtesy the artist How Not to Be Seen. A Fucking Didactic Educational .MOV File, 2013 (still). Courtesy the artist Hito Steyerl, How Not To Be Seen. A Fucking Didactic Educational , 2013 November, 2004 (film still). Courtesy the artist

The work of Hito Steyerl is attuned to the mutability of our increasingly globalised, digitised world. Her essayistic films combine exhaustive research with techniques of montage, voiceover, collage and interview, while her nonfiction writing – whether penned in her native German or in English – is marked by the clarity and precision of its language and analysis. The relationship between her films and her writing is not without ambiguity. While the artist is clear that her films do not illustrate…

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