Founded 1987 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Based in Copenhagen
Hito Steyerl, "Normality" (video still), 2000/01. © Hito Steyerl
Hito Steyerl, “Normality” (video still), 2000/01. © Hito Steyerl
Works as filmmaker and author in the area of essayist documentary film and post-colonial criticism and as producer and theorist. The works are located in the interface between film and fine arts, theory and practice. Main topics include: cultural globalization, global feminism, culture, migration, and racism. Ph.D. thesis on documentarism in the arts. Works in the art field as visiting professor, commentator, and critic. Further activities include work as political journalist, film critic, catalogue, and book author, and the compiler of feminist film programs. Has participated in international symposia on post-colonial studies, media studies, and cultural globalization. Has organized lecture series and feminist migrant and minority women's activities. Editor (with Encarnacion Gutierrez Rodriguez) of the book Can the Subaltern speak German? Postcolonial Critique and Migration. Selected participations in film festivals and art exhibitions include: Wiener Festwochen (Austria); international documentary film festivals in Munich (Germany), Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Kiev (Ukraine), Lissabon (Portugal), Antioch (USA), and Chicago (USA); international festivals in Pesaro (Italy), Leeds (United Kingdom), and Bradford (United Kingdom); City of Women (Ljubljana, Slovenia); Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen (Germany); Black International Film Festival (Berlin, Germany); Viennale 2000 (Austria); Feminale 2000 (Cologne, Germany); Diagonale 2001 (Graz, Austria); Duisburger Filmwoche (Germany); Continental Shifts (Aachen, Germany); Translocation (Vienna, Austria); Heimat Kunst (Berlin, Germany); Documenta 11 (Platform 1, Kassel, Germany); and Berlin Biennale 2004 (Germany). Selected teaching positions: Visiting Professor at UdK, Berlin, Germany; lecturer at Hochschüle für Fernsehen und Film, Munich, Germany; Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna, Austria; Internationale Frauenuniversität, Hannover, Germany, etc. Filmography: “Deutschland und das Ich” (1994); “Land des Lächelns” (1998); “Babenhausen 1997” (1997); “Die leere Mitte” (1998); “Normalität 1-X” (2000); and “Euroscapes” (in progress). Selected publications include: “Haunting Humanism,” in Wie wird man fremd?, Freiburg: Unrast Verlag, 2001; “Rasse und Reise,” in Im Handgepäck Rassismus, Freiburg, 2002; “Ones and Zeroes,” in FIRST STORY – WOMEN BUILDING/NEW NARRATIVES FOR THE 21ST CENTURY, ed. Ute Meta Bauer, Cologne: Walter König, 2002; “Die Artikulation des Protests,” in Transversal, ed. Gerald Raunig, Vienna: Turia und Kant, 2003; “Framing Globalities,” in Gouvernementalität, ed. Encarnacion Gutierrez Rodriguez & Marianne Pieper, Frankfurt: Campus, 2003; “Postkolonialismus und Biopolitik,” in Can the Subaltern speak German? Postkoloniale Kritik und Migration, ed. Encarnacion Gutierrez Rodriguez & Hito Steyerl, Münster: Unrast Verlag, 2003; and “Dokumentarismus als Politik der Wahrheit,” in Differences and Representations, ed. Gerald Raunig, Vienna: Turia und Kant, 2004.
Contribution: Participates with the essay “Culture and Crime” in Station 4: The Book. Steyerl also participates in Station 2: Aarhus Art Building, Aarhus, with “Normality,” Germany/Austria 2000/01. DVD, single channel installation, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.