Digital Powers: Hito Steyerl at the Serpentine Galleries

Digital Powers: Hito Steyerl at the Serpentine Galleries
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The rapport between power and technology is at the heart of the work of Hito Steyerl, one of the most innovative artists of our times. The Serpentine Galleries present her latest work, Power Plant: a study of the circulation of imagess in a globalised world, which unites film, animation and digital sculpture in order to examine new inequalities and look to the future with the aid of artificial intelligence. This may sound complicated, but, really, finding yourself in front on one of her video installations is enthralling - the proof of this can be found in the kind of influence she exerts over her peers as, last year, she was selected as the most influential person in contemporary art, the only woman to make it to the top of the list of the Power 100 of ArtReview. The Serpentine Sackler Gallery presents her latest video inside a sort of garden of ruins - plants growing over signs of human destruction, each of which carries a specific medical, ecological or even political power. But that’s not all. Along with this work on the confines of cinema and visual art, the filmmaker adds dynamic studies - from her post-situationist Power Walks in the area surrounding the gallery - an area known for intense social, economic and cultural contrasts - to field interviews and even the creation of an augmented reality app, Actual Reality, capable of summing up reality with creativity and immediacy
Francesca Grego - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London