Duty Free Art: Art in the Age of Planetary Civil War

By Hito Steyerl, Verso, £16.99 (hardcover)

By J.J. Charlesworth

Being Hito Steyerl must be intense. On the evidence of the entertaining, often thoughtful, breathlessly inconclusive, yet voguishly insistent public talks and short essays that comprise Duty Free Art: Art in the Age of Planetary Civil War, the artist sees reality as a global hell of indefinite civil wars, ‘deep state’ surveillance, delusional populations churned through social media, financialised capitalism floating improbably on seas of debt and thousands slaughtered by algorithmically guided missiles while artificial intelligence seeps relentlessly into the catastrophic…

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