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Hito Steyerl - A Sea of Data

  • 2022-04-29 ~ 2022-09-18
  • Seoul B1, Gallery 2, 3, 4

Exhibition Overview

Hito Steyerl - A Sea of Data
Hito Steyerl, Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, ‹Miloš Trakilović Mission Accomplished: BELANCIEGE›,  2019
Hito Steyerl, Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, ‹Miloš Trakilović Mission Accomplished: BELANCIEGE›, 2019
Hito Steyerl , ‹SocialSim›, 2020, Photography by © Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf.
Hito Steyerl , ‹SocialSim›, 2020, Photography by © Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf.
Hito Steyerl, ‹Factory of the Sun›, 2015
Hito Steyerl, ‹Factory of the Sun›, 2015
Hito Steyerl, ‹Animal Spirits›, 2022, Production: MMCA
Hito Steyerl, ‹Animal Spirits›, 2022, Production: MMCA
Hito Steyerl, ‹This is the Future›, 2019, Ulsan Art Museum Collection. Photography by © Achim Kukuli
Hito Steyerl, ‹This is the Future›, 2019, Ulsan Art Museum Collection. Photography by © Achim Kukuli
Hito Steyerl, ‹The City of Broken Windows›, 2018
Hito Steyerl, ‹The City of Broken Windows›, 2018
Hito Steyerl, ‹How Not to Be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational .MOV File›, 2013
Hito Steyerl, ‹How Not to Be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational .MOV File›, 2013
Hito Steyerl, ‹Strike›, 2010
Hito Steyerl, ‹Strike›, 2010
Hito Steyerl , ‹The Tower›, 2015
Hito Steyerl , ‹The Tower›, 2015
Hito Steyerl, ‹Hell Yeah We Fuck Die›, 2016, Photography by Henning Rogge.
Hito Steyerl, ‹Hell Yeah We Fuck Die›, 2016, Photography by Henning Rogge.
Hito Steyerl, ‹Duty Free Art›, 2015, Image courtesy of the Artist, Photography by Matthew Septimus
Hito Steyerl, ‹Duty Free Art›, 2015, Image courtesy of the Artist, Photography by Matthew Septimus
Hito Steyerl, ‹Guards›, 2012, Image courtesy of the Artist
Hito Steyerl, ‹Guards›, 2012, Image courtesy of the Artist
Hito Steyerl, ‹Liquidity Inc.›, 2014, MMCA Collection, Photography by Dean Tomlinson. © Art Gallery
Hito Steyerl, ‹Liquidity Inc.›, 2014, MMCA Collection, Photography by Dean Tomlinson. © Art Gallery
Hito Steyerl, ‹In Free Fall, 2010›, Image courtesy of the Artist, Photography by Matthew Septimus.
Hito Steyerl, ‹In Free Fall, 2010›, Image courtesy of the Artist, Photography by Matthew Septimus.
Hito Steyerl, ‹The Empty Centre›, 1998, Image courtesy of the Artist.
Hito Steyerl, ‹The Empty Centre›, 1998, Image courtesy of the Artist.
Hito Steyerl, ‹November›, 2004, Image courtesy of the Artist
Hito Steyerl, ‹November›, 2004, Image courtesy of the Artist

Hito Steyerl (b. 1966, Germany) is one of the most influential media artists of today, conducting in‒depth explorations of some of the most contentious social and cultural phenomena of the contemporary era through her film and writing activities, including situations related to digital technology, global capitalism, and the pandemic.
She is also a superlative visual artist, film director, critic, and writer who works in the realms of art, philosophy, and politics as she raises fascinating points about media, the image, and technology. She contributes writings to various media, including the platform e‒flux.

Hito Steyerl-A Sea of Data at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA) is the artist’s first solo exhibition in Asia, sharing 23 of her most representative works from her early video works in the 1990s, which took the form of film essays with a documentary quality such as Germany and Identity (1994) and The Empty Centre (1998), to her most recent video works reflecting on digital technology (including the internet, virtual reality, robot engineering, and artificial intelligence) within its relationship to human beings and society. In particular, this exhibition will mark the first presentation of Animal Spirits (2022), a new work commissioned by MMCA.

The exhibition subtitle A Sea of Data comes from the title of Steyerl’s essay “A Sea of Data: Apophenia and Pattern (Mis‒)Recognition”(2016), alluding to the exhibition’s aim of gazing reflectively on a data society that is being transformed today into a different reality. Accordingly, the exhibition focuses on presenting the artist’s recent video works, which turn a critical gaze on the production of information and images that are mediated by big data and algorithms and circulated over social media, as well as the contexts of technology, capital, power, and politics behind these data representations.


The exhibition poses a number of other questions: Can technology rescue human beings from the maelstrom of disasters and wars that we currently face?


What is the role of the contemporary art museum in an era defined by planetary civil war, rising inequality, and monopolistic digital technology? How have digital visual systems transformed our perceptions of human beings and society? How do the low‒resolution digital images that the artist refers to with the term “poor image” relate to our ways of life? In the process, the exhibition seeks to provide an opportunity for broader consideration of and reflection on the new images, the visuality, the state of the world, and the status of the contemporary art museum brought about by digital culture in the context of accelerating global capitalism and networked spaces.

  • 期间
    2022-04-29 ~ 2022-09-18
  • 赞助
    MMCA / Shinyoung Securities
  • 场所
    Seoul B1, Gallery 2, 3, 4
  • 主办
    4,000won(Tickets for all exhibition at MMCA Seoul)
  • 作家
    Hito Steyerl
  • 作品数
    23

Audio Guide

#1. Exhibition Introduction Welcome to the exhibition Hito Steyerl–A Sea of Data. Hito Steyerl is one of the most influential media artists of our times. Active in the areas of both art and politics as she contemplates media, images, and technology, Hito Steyerl is a visual artist and film director as well as a superlative critic and writer. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition in Asia. The subtitle “A Sea of Data” alludes to this exhibition’s aim of reflecting on today’s data society, as exemplified by Big Data, algorithms, and social media. In keeping with this, the exhibition features 23 of Steyerl’s most exemplary works, ranging from her early video pieces from the 1990s to her more recent work examining digital technology in relation to human beings and society. It also debuts Animal Spirits, the artist’s new work commissioned by MMCA for this exhibition. In these works, Hito Steyerl uses her years of artistic and academic explorations into the data-based technology society to raise broader questions about the new images created by digital culture in the context of global capitalism and networked spaces, along with questions about visuality, the state of the world, and the status of the contemporary art museum.
Exhibition Introduction

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