Hito Steyerl

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Born September 17, 1966(1966-09-17)
Munich, West Germany (today Germany)
Based in Berlin, Germany
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Hito Steyerl (1966, Munich) works as a filmmaker, philosopher, and cultural critic. She roots her investigative practice in the proliferation of digital images and the large-scale implications of such circumstances. Steyerl’s work takes the form of essays, lectures, installations, video, and photography.

Considering such topics as the ways in which money enters and influences the art world, post-structural philosophy, free ports, and military propaganda, Steyerl’s practice is both acutely political and timely. In addition to teaching, she cofounded the Research Center for Proxy Politics; operating from 2014 through 2017, the organisation hosted lectures and discussions on various topics, including the potential for resistance within a networked society and the role of art in emergency situations.

Steyerl's works were shown at the 3rd Berlin Biennale (2004), Manifesta 5 (2004), documenta 12 (2007), the Shanghai Biennale (2008) and in the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2015.

She studied in Tokyo, Munich, and Vienna before she moved to Berlin, where she lives and works today.


  • Deutschland und das Ich, 1994.
  • Land des Lächelns, 1996.
  • Babenhausen, 1997.
  • Die leere Mitte [The Empty Center], 1998.
  • Normalität 1-10, 1999.
  • November, 2004, 25 min. Film.
  • Lovely Andrea, 2007.
  • Journal No 1, 2007.
  • After the Crash, 2009.
  • In Free Fall, 2010.
  • Strike, 2010.
  • Abstract, 2012.
  • Adorno's Grey, 2012.
  • Guards, 2012.
  • How not to be seen: a fucking didactic .MOV file, 2013.
  • Liquidity Inc., 2014.
  • Factory of the Sun, 2015.


Monographs, catalogues

  • editor, with Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez, Spricht die Subalterne deutsch? Postkoloniale Kritik und Migration, Münster: Unrast, 2003, 296 pp; repr., 2012. TOC. [1] (German)
  • Die Farbe der Wahrheit. Dokumentarismen im Kunstfeld, Vienna: Turia + Kant (republicart 8), 2008. [2] [3] (German)
  • editor, with Maria Lind, The Green Room: Reconsidering the Documentary and Contemporary Art #1, Berlin: Sternberg, and Annandale-on-Hudson, NY: Center for Curatorial Studies and Hessel Museum of Art/Bard College, 2008, 231 pp. Introduction. [4] Exh. catalogue. (English)
  • Hito Steyerl, ed. & intro. Marius Babias, Cologne: Walther König, 2010, 196 pp. Texts by T.J. Demos and Bert Rebhandl. Exh. held at n.b.k. Berlin, 29 Aug-18 Oct 2009. [5] (German)/(English)
  • Hito Steyerl: Seven Seconds from the Exhibition, intro. Tone Hansen, Høvikodden: Henie Onstad Art Centre, 2010, 93 pp. Essays by Pablo Lafuente, Hito Steyerl, and Maria Muhle. Exh. held 20 May-15 Aug 2010. (English)
  • Ricochet #3. Hito Steyerl, ed. Michael Buhrs, Munich: Museum Villa Stuck, 2010, 48 pp. Text by Michael Buhrs, interview with Steyerl. Exh. held 22 Jul-26 Sep 2010. [6] (German)/(English)
  • Hito Steyerl, Chicago: Art Institute Chicago, 2013, [10] pp. Exh. brochure; exh. held 1 Nov 2012-27 Jan 2013. (English)
  • Hito Steyerl, New York: Artists Space, 2015. Online anthology of 15 essays. Exh. held 8 Mar-24 May 2015. (English)
  • Left To Our Own Devices, Berlin: KOW, 2015, 14 pp. Exh. booklet. Text by Alexander Koch. Exh. held at KOW, 17 Sep-5 Dec 2015. (English)/(German)
  • Duty-Free Art, Madrid: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, 2015, 173 pp. Exh. held 11 Nov 2015-21 Mar 2016. (Spanish)/(English)
  • Jenseits der Repräsentation / Beyond Representation. Essays 1999-2009, ed. Marius Babias, Cologne: Walther König (n.b.k. Diskurs 4), 2017, 272 pp. Contributions by Thomas Elsässer, Simon Sheik. [7] (English)/(German)
    • Dincolo de reprezentare, trans. Andrei Anastasescu, Cluj: IDEA Design & Print, 2017, 168 pp. [8] (Romanian)
  • Duty Free Art: Art in the Age of Planetary Civil War, London: Verso, 2017, 256 pp. [9] (English)

Book chapters, articles

  • "Die leere Mitte", in Stuff it: The Video Essay in the Digital Age, ed. Ursula Biemann, Edition Voldemeer / Springer, 2003.
  • "Postkolonialismus und Biopolitik", in Spricht die Subalterne deutsch? Postkoloniale Kritik und Migration, eds. Hito Steyerl and Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez, Münster: Unrast, 2003, pp 38-55. (German)
  • "The Violence of Images: Documentarism and Documentality", in Concerning War: A Critical Reader, eds. Maria Hlavajova and Jill Winder, Utrecht: BAK, and Frankfurt am Main: Revolver, 2006; 2nd ed. as Concerning War: A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art, 2010. [16] [17] [18] (English)
    • "Dokumentation och dokumentalitet", trans. Daniel Holdenmark and Michael Ranta, in Konst, makt och politik, ed. Simon Sheikh, Stockholm: Raster, 2007, pp 214-237. (Swedish)
  • "Die Gegenwart der Subalternen", intro. in Gayatri Spivak, Can the Subaltern speak? Postkolonialität und subalterne Artikulation, Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2007, pp 5-15; repr., Translate, Vienna: eipcp, 9 Dec 2007. Excerpt. [19]
  • "In Defense of the Poor Image", e-flux 10, New York: e-flux, Nov 2009; repr. in Steyerl, The Wretched of the Screen, 2012, pp 31-45. An earlier version was improvised in a response given at the conference Essayfilm: Ästhetik und Aktualität in Lüneburg organised by Thomas Tode and Sven Kramer in 2007. (English)
  • "A Thing Like You and Me", in Hito Steyerl: Seven Seconds from the Exhibition, 2010; repr. in e-flux 15, New York: e-flux, Apr 2010; repr. in Steyerl, The Wretched of the Screen, 2012. (English)
  • "Kobanê Is Not Falling", e-flux, 10 Oct 2014; repr. in New World Academy Reader, 5: Stateless Democracy, eds. Renée In der Maur and Jonas Staal, et al., Utrecht: BAK, 2015, pp 223-227. (English)
  • "Beginnings", e-flux 59, New York: e-flux, Nov 2014. (English)

Conversations, interviews


  • Paolo Magagnoli, "Capitalism as Creative Destruction", Third Text 27:125, Nov 2013, pp 723-734. (English)
  • Too Much World: The Films of Hito Steyerl, ed. Nick Aikens, Berlin: Sternberg Press, Eindhoven: Van Abbemuseum, and Brisbane: Institute of Modern Art, 2014, 274 pp. Exh. held at Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, 12 Apr-22 Jun 2014; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 13 Dec 2014-21 Mar 2015. (English)