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THE WHOLE IS THE FALSE

Duty Free Art: Art in the Age of Planetary Civil War, by Hito Steyerl. London and New York: Verso, 2017. 256 pages.

ARTISTS WHO WRITE are nothing new, but recent years have seen the emergence of an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink interdisciplinarity that goes far beyond the traditional mixture of art and art criticism. The growing profile of theory in art schools and a sense of urgency in the face of both technological change and political instability has led artists such as Hito Steyerl not only to broaden their artistic practice but also, increasingly, to play the role of the public intellectual.

Operating within the area of contemporary art obsessed with the geopolitics of our dense media ecology (think Simon Denny, Omer Fast, Trevor Paglen), Steyerl stands out for her intense scrutiny of the latest developments in technology and her willingness to speculate on how these relate

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