Hito Steyerl (Universität der Künste, Berlin)
The New Flesh: Material Afterlives of Images
Is the internet dead? This is not a metaphorical question. It does not suggest that the internet is dysfunctional, useless or out of fashion. Instead the questions are very literally whether it is dead, if it died and whether anyone killed it. Can we indict anyone in any court for this killing and under which jurisdiction? On the other hand: how could anyone ever even suspect such thing? The internet is now more potent than ever. It has not only sparked but fully captured the imagination, attention and productivity of more people than at any other point before. Never before have more people been dependent on, embedded into, surveilled by and exploited by the web. It seems overwhelming, bedazzling and without alternative. So what could even trigger the suspicion that it might be dead?
Workshop with Hito Steyerl from 2-4 pm, IG Building, Room 7.312 (Film Studies Room). For registration and information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hito Steyerl is a filmmaker and writer based in Berlin. She teaches artistic media practice at the University of Arts Berlin. Her latest works include: The Kiss 2012, Adorno’s Grey 2012, The Body of the Image 2012 (performance), Abstract 2012, and Guards 2012 as well as the lectures Probable Title: Zero Probability, with Rabih Mroué (2012) and I dreamed a dream (2012). Her newest publication is The Wretched of the Screen, a collection of essays (2012).