Hito Steyerl: The Wretched of the Screen

In Hito Steyerl’s writing we begin to see how, even if the hopes and desires for coherent collective political projects have been displaced onto images and screens, it is precisely here that we must look frankly at the technology that seals them in. The Wretched of the Screen collects a number of Steyerl’s landmark essays from recent years in which she has steadily developed her very own politics of the image.
Twisting the politics of representation around the representation of politics, these essays uncover a rich trove of information in the formal shifts and aberrant distortions of accelerated capitalism, of the art system as a vast mine of labor extraction and passionate commitment, of occupation and internship, of structural and literal violence, enchantment and fun, of hysterical, uncontrollable flight through the wreckage of postcolonial and modernist discourses and their unanticipated openings.


With an introduction by Franco “Bifo” Berardi

Edited by Julieta Aranda, Brian Kuan Wood, Anton Vidokle



Contents

Preface

Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Introduction

In Free Fall: A Thought Experiment on Vertical Perspective

In Defense of the Poor Image

A Thing Like You and Me

Is a Museum a Factory?

The Articulation of Protest

Politics of Art: Contemporary Art and the Transition to Post-Democracy

Art as Occupation: Claims for an Autonomy of Life

Freedom from Everything: Freelancers and Mercenaries

Missing People: Entanglement, Superposition, and Exhumation as Sites of Indeterminacy

The Spam of the Earth: Withdrawal from Representation

Cut! Reproduction and Recombination