Hito Steyerl - The Wretched of the Screen

Hito Steyerl’s landmark essays on the politics of the image.

The Wretched of the Screen

Hito Steyerl

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

Category
Capitalism, Technology, Internet, Aesthetics, Museums, Data & Information, Film, Image
Subject
Media theory, Experimental Film, Post-capitalism, Internet Art, Algorithms, Art Market, Art Criticism, Autonomy, Art Activism, Contemporaneity, Neoliberalism, Video Art, Virtual & Augmented Reality
Author

Hito Steyerl is a filmmaker, moving image artist, writer, and innovator of the essay documentary. Her principal topics of interest are media, technology, and the global circulation of images. Through her writing practice, films, and performative lectures, Steyerl considers the status of the image in an increasingly global and technological world. Steyerl’s work is part of a lineage that includes Harun Farocki and Chris Marker, blending aspects of the documentary with the film essay to explore globalization, political economies, visual culture, and the status of art production. A particular theme of the Berlin-based artist’s work is the proliferation of images and how they inscribe and affect economy and culture on both a macro and micro scale. “Images do not represent reality, they create reality, they are second nature,” Steyerl has said.

2012, English
10.8 x 17.8 cm, 200 pages, 27 b/w ill., softcover
ISBN 978-1-934105-82-5

Publisher
Sternberg Press

Design
Jeff Ramsey

Front cover design
Liam Gillick

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