Published by Spector Books. Edited with text by Florian Ebner, Doris Krystof, Marcella Lista. Text by Nora M. Alter, Karen Archey, Teresa Castro, Alexandra Delage, Thomas Elsaesser, Ayham Ghraowi, Tom Holert, Florentine Muhry, Vanessa Joan Müller, Mark Terkessidis, Brian Kuan Wood.
Over the past 30 years, through video and installation, the immensely influential German artist and writer Hito Steyerl (born 1966) has been tracking the ways that images have mutated—from the analogue image and its manifold possibilities for montage to the fluidity of the split digital image—and the implications these mutations have had for the representation of wars, genocides and the flow of capital. “We are no longer dealing with the virtual but with a confusing and possibly alien concreteness that we are only beginning to understand,” writes Brian Kuan Wood of the digital visual worlds that the artist presents.
At nearly 500 pages, this book—the first substantial overview on Steyerl—looks at multimedia installations and film projects of the past ten years, as well as earlier works, all of which are united by the artist’s unflagging interrogation of the politics of the image.
Published by Skira. Edited with text by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Marianna Vecellio. Text by Griselda Pollock, Hito Steyerl, Anna Altman, Manuela Ammer, Julieta Aranda, Marius Babias, Camila Bechelany, Jochen Becker, Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Fred Camper, Lauren Cornell, T.J. Demos, Thomas Elsaesser, Harun Farocki, et al.
German artist, filmmaker and theorist Hito Steyerl (born 1966) has emerged as one of the most influential cultural figures of our time. She has published extensively, with essays such as “In Defense of the Poor Image” reaching “instant classic” status and books such as The Wretched of the Screen and Duty Free Art cementing her place in art-world discourse. And yet Steyerl’s art has not received the monographic treatment, until now.
The City of Broken Windows, published to accompany a new work of the same name at Castello di Rivoli, documents Steyerl’s installation exploring the process of teaching artificial intelligence how to recognize the sound of breaking windows. Using screens, windows, crystals and sound, Steyerl explores how AI affects the urban environment. The book features new essays by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Marianna Vecellio, Griselda Pollock and the artist herself, alongside images and a chronology of the artist’s exhibitions and lectures. Also included is an anthology of essays and interviews from 1998 to the present.