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Hito Steyerl

How Not to be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational .MOV Fil

2013

Video installation (15:52 min)

The video teaches five lessons on how to stay invisible from prying eyes and cameras. The piece comments on the difficulty of evading surveillance, while also alluding to the cultural invisibility of women. The video was filmed in the California desert, where the US Air Force painted calibration targets in the 1950s and 1960s. The title refers to a popular sketch from Monty Python’s Flying Circus imitating a purported British government film explaining the importance of not being seen.

Another video installation by the same artist is also featured in the show: Factory of the Sun

Hito Steyerl’s video installations probe issues related to the media, technology and the global circulation of images. What is the meaning of this world in which everything is watched and filmed? Steyerl addresses these burning topics through her particular brand of quirky humour.

Photo: Screenshot

Hito Steyerl

Born in Germany in 1966
Based in Berlin

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