International Archives 1st half of 2014
From 12 April, the first mid-
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Exhibition 12 April-
Hito Steyerl, How Not to be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational .Mov File (still), 2013. Single screen 1080p .mov file, 14 minutes. Collection Van Abbemuseum, donation Outset Contemporary Art Fund and Stichting Promotors Van Abbemuseum.
Steyerl is considered to be one of the most exciting artistic voices today, who speculates on the impact of the internet and digitisation on the fabric of our everyday lives. She offers an astute and often humorous analysis of the dizzying speed with which images and all kinds of information are reconfigured, altered and dispersed, and then over again, accelerating into infinity or crashing and falling apart. In her filmic works and elaborate installations Steyerl implements the methods and means of the digital world to her will, deftly deploying montage adapting and riffing off a plethora of digital images suggesting new ways in which to intervene and engage. Steyerl as a filmmaker is very much aware of the increasingly difficult status of the documentary as genre and practice in the digital age, not quite fitting between cinema and television on one side, and an art space, museum or gallery on the other side.
In a recent essay Steyerl focuses on the term circulationism as way of understanding the contemporary potential of art and the image. She suggests: "What the Soviet avant-
Steyerl wonders what happens when the effects of digitisation slip off the screen and enter into the material world. What happens to our thought patterns, our language and our behaviour? Or even the weather, for that matter? In her opinion we have long since entered into a new paradigm—a space of no return—a free-
Public event: Circulationism I
On 24 May the Van Abbemuseum and Hito Steyerl will host a series of discussions on the expanded theme of Circulationism.
Publication and travel
Too Much World, a collection of essays co-
Following its presentation at the Van Abbemuseum the exhibition will travel to the
Curator : Annie Fletcher