previews

  • Hito Steyerl, November, 2004, digital video, color, sound, 25 minutes.

    “HITO STEYERL: THIS IS THE FUTURE”

    Art Gallery of Ontario
    317 Dundas Street West
    October 24, 2019–February 23, 2020

    Curated by Adelina Vlas

    The Dziga Vertov of finance capital? The Robert Smithson of JPEGS? Cyborg Agnès Varda? Harun Farocki, but funny? Hito Steyerl may be difficult to describe, but it is undeniable that her films, essays, and installations have supplied an off-kilter and incisive running commentary on the technological paroxysms and geopolitical crises of the past fifteen years. Steyerl’s first Canadian retrospective will occupy the entire fifth floor of the museum’s contemporary tower and feature eleven works, ranging from the elegiac November, 2004, to the algorithmically psychedelic This is the future, 2019, on view for the first time since its debut at the Venice Biennale this past May. An accompanying catalogue will include essays by Wendy Chun, Brian Droitcour, and the exhibition’s curator, Adelina Vlas.