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Hito Steyerl. I will survive

90 min visit

Pompidou Centre
19 May → 5 Jul 2021
From Wed to Mon from 11 am to 9 pm. Nocturnal Thu until 9 pm. Closed Tue.

« At first I was afraid, I was petrified, kept thinking I could never live without art by my side… Museums and artists are redoubling their efforts to keep culture alive!  »

Presented in the physical and virtual spaces of the Centre Pompidou, I will survive is an exhibition in collaboration with the K21 in Düsseldorf. An exhibition, or rather a retrospective! It is the first presentation of this magnitude of the German artist and theoretician Hito Steyerl. If you already know her work, you will not be surprised by this project. It all starts with the Centre Pompidou... Both an heritage museum and a cultural centre with resources open to all, its architecture caused a scandal when it was inaugurated 40 years ago. Hito Steyerl's work focuses on the changes that museums are undergoing, as places to visit and as documentation centres. For the past 30 years, she has been taking a critical look at the various developments in society through multimedia installations: architecture, the global circulation of images, artificial intelligence, surveillance, social networks, etc. Images are an inexhaustible source of inspiration for her! At the heart of the exhibition is her latest work Social Sim (2020): it explores current events through different themes, such as police violence or the health crisis which has given rise to a rise in conspiracy theories, for example. It shows a policeman dancing and jumping over walls, as if flocks were running free in the middle of a pandemic. This figure is repeated in several of these works. We also find older but no less major pieces by the artist, such as How not to be seen (2013) or Factory of the Sun (2015). Always in an ironic tone, she criticizes the global surveillance that states and multinationals exercise over the world's population. She continues to explore, and even study, the changes and evolutions of our society through multiple immersive video and multimedia installations. If she is at the cutting edge of technology, it is to better underline its hold on our daily lives and thoughts. Hito Steyerl is much more than an artist, she is an observer of the world. She has created a language of her own that has earned her international recognition for some years now. This exhibition was also presented earlier at K21 in Düsseldorf, from 26 September 2020 to 10 January 2021. With Germany confined, Hito Steyerl has literally converted the exhibition into a broadcasting format known to all since the beginning of the health crisis: Zoom. She has developed a whole project around this idea called "4 Nights at the Museum", where you can see in detail some of the works of the exhibition. A 17-minute podcast is also available on the Centre Pompidou website where Hito Steyerl is interviewed by the curators of the exhibition, Marcella Lista and Florian Ebner. Something to keep you waiting for the opening of the institutions!


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