Berlin-based writer, Hito Steyerl, who is exhibiting at the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts) in London until the 14th of April, is one of today’s most critically acclaimed video artists. On this occasion she has created a two-part edition to accompany the show: a free digital download and a new limited edition print.
The exhibition offers a selection of Steyerl’s work. There are five videos each with its own ad hoc installation. The first film, entitled Liquidity Inc. (2014) looks at a financial advisor called Jacob Wood who lost his job during the financial crisis, and who then embarked on a career in martial arts. How Not to Be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational .MOV File (2013) has as its central theme the idea of becoming invisible in the digital world. Also presented at the exhibition are two performances filmed live in 2013 at the 13th Istanbul Biennial and at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin
Steyerl’s films and essays take the digital image as a point of departure for investigating the collective conscience. That is to say, that when war, genocide, capital flows, digital detritus, and class warfare always take place partially within images, we are no longer dealing with the virtual but with a confusing and possibly alien vision that we are only beginning to understand. Finally, from her work emerges a profound question on the ethics of contemporary culture, whose confines and boundaries are difficult to understand.