The works by visual artist and filmmaker Hito Steyerl (Munich, 1966), one of the most influential cultural figures of our time.
Steyerl’s works are critical reflections on the digital and contemporary age and focus on the pervasive role of technology and the circulation of images in the globalized world. Her installations, which encompass film and visual art, are immersive architectural environments that seek to establish the way in which technology and Artificial Intelligence shape reality and how it is experienced.
This catalogue accompanies the exhibition The City of Broken Windows at Castello di Rivoli and features previously unpublished essays by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and Marianna Vecellio, the exhibition’s curators, and by the feminist art historian Griselda Pollock. It also contains two new texts by the artist entitled The City of Broken Windows (2018) and The City of Unbroken Windows (2018), published here for the first time, and her important essay In Defense of the Poor Image (2009). Richly complemented by an extensive selection of images from the exhibition, the book includes an exhaustive scholarly chronology of the artist’s exhibitions, screenings, and lectures and an anthology of critical essays and interviews from 1998 to the present, authored by 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, João Fernandes, Alwin Franke, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Marvin Jordan, Ann Kaneko, Heinz Kersten, Adam Kleinman, Brian Kuan Wood, Pablo Lafuente, Gil Leung, Maria Lind, Sven Lütticken, Anja Osswald, Trevor Paglen, Laura Poitras, Bert Rebhandl, Isabella Reicher, David Riff, Daniel Rourke, Berta Sichel, Roberta Smith, Kerstin Stakemeier, Anton Vidokle, and Reinhard W. Wolf.
About the Author
Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Italian-American writer, art historian and curator, is currently the director of Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea. Marianna Vecellio, art historian, is curator at Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea.