ATC Lecture & Film Screening: Hito Steyerl’s “Proxies & Placeholders” | Berkeley
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Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall (UC Berkeley) | 2594 Hearst Ave, Berkeley, CA
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Come and join this event on February, MOCA in Los Angeles will present the U.S. premiere of Steyerl’s landmark video installation Factory of the Sun. In this immersive work, which debuted at the 2015 German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Steyerl probes the pleasures and perils of image circulation in a moment defined by the unprecedented global flow of data.
Ricocheting between genres-news reportage, documentary film, video games, and internet dance videos – Factory of the Sun uses the motifs of light and acceleration to explore what possibilities are still available for collective resistance when surveillance has become a mundane part of an increasingly virtual world. This video work tells the surreal story of workers whose forced moves in a motion capture studio are turned into artificial sunshine.
Hito Steyerl is one of the most critically acclaimed artists working in the field of video today. Holding a PhD in philosophy from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and teaching at the Universitat der Kunste Berlin.
She is also a frequent contributor to E-Flux magazine, a lecturer, and an engaged thinker on the topics at the core of her practice: the materiality of digital media, technological manipulation, and institutional power relations.
Born in Munich, Steyerl studied film at the Japan Institute of the Moving Image and the University of Television and Film in Munich. Her work was soon selected for the 2008 Shanghai Biennale and the 2010 Gwangju Taipei biennials. In 2010, Steyerl was awarded the New Visions Award at the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival for her film In Free Fall. She has also been prominently featured as part of documenta 12 in Kassel, Germany, and the 2013 Venice Biennale.
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