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The Wretched of the Screen

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In Hito Steyerl’s writing we begin to see how, even if the hopes and desires for coherent collective political projects have been displaced onto images and screens, it is precisely here that we must look frankly at the technology that seals them in. The Wretched of the Screen collects a number of Steyerl’s landmark essays from recent years in which she has steadily ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published September 2012 by e-flux
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Zanna
Jul 02, 2015 Zanna rated it it was amazing
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One could of course argue that this is not the real thing, but then - please, anybody - show me this real thing.

This stuff is so fresh it hurts. I am shocked and shaken and overstimulated. I've stumbled into someone else's too-real dream. It's so exciting that someone with the perceptiveness, sensitivity to language and willingness to look behind what's being pushed in front of us as Sara Ahmed is at work at the screenface of art and the biopolitics of disaster capitalism, determinedl
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Me encantó, una fusión de deep social con visual works
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In contrast to many of the other philosophical essays I have read, those in this volume were written in a refreshingly accessible manner without a lot of overly convoluted fluff thrown in. However, not all of them struck me as making particularly profound arguments. One in particular on quantum superposition as a metaphor was very memorable, and another on image spam was quite interesting as well, but the rest didn't do as much for me. Video artists may get more mileage out of some of the ...more
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Definetly a 5. This is one of the freshest and deepest books I've read. This book is so well thought that every sentence has history and power behind it. It will be imposible to see museum andimages in general, especially crappy "poor images", the same way from now on.
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Insightful writing on art, media, and politics. The theoretical bent of this book is compounded by Steyerl's impressive art practice.
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Hito Steyerl (born 1966, Munich) is a German filmmaker, visual artist, and author in the field of essayist documentary video. Her principal topics of interest are media, technology, and the global circulation of images. Steyerl holds a Ph.D in Philosophy from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She is currently a professor of New Media Art at the Berlin University of the Arts.

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