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Hito Steyerl

Hito Steyerl, a filmmaker and a writer based in Berlin, is perhaps best known for her video essays, which delve into pressing contemporary issues such as globalization, feminism, militarization, and, arguably most central to her practice, the mass proliferation and dissemination of images and knowledge through digital technology. Steyerl’s work is fundamentally documentary in form, featuring extensive research, composite imagery, interviews, montage, and first-person voiceovers. Nevertheless, her videos are underlined by a clear awareness of the inherent subjectivity of the medium—that is, of the uncertainty of both moving and still images.

Steyerl studied Cinematography and documentary filmmaking at Tokyo’s Academy of Visual Arts, under the guidance of Imamura Shohei and Hara Kazuo, and at the University of Television and Film in Munich; she hold a PhD in philosophy from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. She currently teaches new media art at Berlin’s University of the Arts. Steyerl’s work has been exhibited at Documenta, Manifesta, the Teipei Biennial, and the Shanghai Biennial, among other European and American institutions. In 2016, she was nominated for the award of the German association of film critics, in the category of 'Experimental Film'.

Update: 31 May 2024


Has participated in

Hito Steyerl, Nausikaä El-Mecky and Maria Alekhina

Art and Freedom

Writing Cinema II

Texts by essential filmmakers

Marxism Today. Collapsing States