artist / participant

press release

we are delighted to have Hito Steyerl as our 50th guest showing

ADORNO'S GREY, 2012 (15 min) "Who is this person? She clearly doesn’t have any clue about Adorno, philosophy, cinema or art. The only thing that matters in this work are tits!“ Jonathan Jones, The Guardian

"This work is awesome! Nothing but tits!" Jerry Saltz, Vulture

GUARDS, 2012 (25 min) "Another reason for increase of control in museums (for instance, installation of numerous cameras, metal detectors and employing people with military backgrounds) is marketization and commercialization of art in the last few decades. When art starts to function as a means of capital investment or tax avoidance, its priorities, values and conventions more and more detach. Objects of contemporary art that represent nothing but the omnivoracity and conceit of the rich, need increasing protection. (..)Security guards that we see so often in museums are the materialization of a Benjaminian aura that would keep the public at a distance in a very literal and prosaic way. (..)The gallery space turns out to be a concentration of different forces, a professionally supervised and monitored sphere of unresolved tensions and irreconcilable interests.

(..)Steyerl like a burglar comes into a museum with an aerosol can, pulls it out into the air, and reveals invisible beams of laser alarms“. Andrey Shental, Through the Laser Field

HOW NOT TO BE SEEN. A Fucking Didactic Educational .Mov File, 2013 (15 min) "Composed of a variety of lessons, for the most part incanted by two cyborgian-mildly-English-accented MAC computerized readers, one male and one female, the video obviously riffs off really fucking didactic educational videos, but it quickly dispenses with any pretension toward the flat-footed nature of such productions. (..)Therefore, as a cyborg states while the piece cuts to dancers with one-foot cubes on their heads, “to become invisible, one has to become smaller or equal to one pixel.” The video is friendly, colorful, and appealing, but also sinister, the dancing cubes are easily applicable to Muslim families and friends on the borders of Pakistan and Afghanistan or in Southern Yemen, targeted by extra-judicial US drone attacks. They really need to be invisible to survive." If You are Willing; The Army of Individuals, Bartholomew Ryan.

After the screening we will celebrate our 5th anniversary at the Café Luxemburg (next to the Babylon). Safy Sniper will putting on music – and you hopefully will joining us!

Videoart at Midnight

50: Hito Steyerl

Friday, Dec 20th, 2013, 24:00 | midnight BABYLON, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, big cinema hall (admission free)

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Videoart at Midnight #50: Hito Steyerl

Hito Steyerl