Hito Steyerl

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Hito Steyerl (born 1966, Munich) is a German filmmaker, visual artist, and author in the field of essayist documentary video.[1] Her principal topics of interest are media, technology, and the global circulation of images. Steyerl holds a Ph.D in Philosophy from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.[1] She is currently a professor of New Media Art at the Berlin University of the Arts.[1]

Early life[edit]

Steyerl was born in 1966 in Munich.[2]


Steyerl attended the Japan Institute of the Moving Image.[3] She later attended the University of Television and Film Munich.[4] Steyerl has noted that studying film during the rise of New German Cinema did have an effect on her as a student.[4] However, she has cited her former professor, the noted film historian Helmut Färber, as having a more direct influence on her work.[3]

In 2004 she participated in Manifesta 5, The European Biennial of Contemporary Art.[5] She has also participated in the 2008 Shanghai Biennale[6] and the 2010 Gwangju and Taipei biennials. In 2012, her film Lovely Andrea was exhibited as a part of documenta 12 in Kassel, Germany.[7] In 2013 her work was included in the Venice Biennale.[8]

Solo exhibitions[edit]

Steyerl has had numerous solo exhibitions, including:

Group exhibitions[edit]

Steyerl has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including:


In 2010 Steyerl was awarded with the New: Visions Award at the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival for her film In Free Fall.[18]

Select writings[edit]

Steyerl is a frequent contributor to online art journals such as E-flux. She has also written:


  1. ^ a b c "Hito Steyerl", e-flux, Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  2. ^ "document 12", documenta 12, Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  3. ^ a b Steyerl, Hito. "Life in Film", e-flux, Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  4. ^ a b Gray, Maggie. "Artist profile: Hito Steyerl", thisistomorrow, Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Manifesta 5 artists", Manifesta, Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Hito Steyerl DeriVeD (2008) 7th Shanghai Biennial", vimeo, Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  7. ^ "documents 12: overviewd", documents 12, Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Hito Steyerl: Biography", Andrew Kreps Gallery, Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  9. ^ "Archive Past Exhibitions Hito Steyerl", Chisehale Gallery, Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  10. ^ Cotter, Holland. "Hito Steyerl Has New York Solo Debut at e-flux", The New York Times, Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  11. ^ "focus: Hito Steyerl", Art Institute of Chicago, Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  12. ^ "Van Abbemuseum: Detail", Van Abbemuseum, Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  13. ^ "What's On: Hito Steyerl", ICA London, Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  14. ^ "What's On: Hito Steyerl", ICA London, Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  15. ^ Exposición: En defensa de la imagen pobre, Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento, Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  16. ^ Proyecciones: Arte, control y dominación. 3 películas de Hito Steyerl, Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento, Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  17. ^ [1], Artists Space Exhibitions, Retrieved 31 May, 2015.
  18. ^ Knegt, Peter. "Thinking Outside the Doc Box", Indiewire, Retrieved 10 August 2014.