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Smash the Screen

Hal Foster: ‘Duty Free Art’, 5 April 2018

Duty Free Art: Art in the Age of Planetary Civil War 
by Hito Steyerl.
Verso, 256 pp., £16.99, October 2017, 978 1 78663 243 2
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... prompt. In the punchy bulletins collected in Duty Free Art, the German media artist and theorist Hito Steyerl describes this condition, which we might call ‘the algorithmic nonconscious’, as follows: ‘Contemporary perception is machinic to a large degree. The spectrum of human vision only covers a tiny part of it. Electric charges, radio ...

You have a new memory

Hal Foster: Trevor Paglen, 11 October 2018

Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen 
by John P. Jacob and Luke Skrebowski.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 252 pp., £45, July 2018, 978 1 911282 33 4
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Trevor Paglen 
by Lauren Cornell, Julia Bryan-Wilson and Omar Kholeif.
Phaidon, 160 pp., £29.95, May 2018, 978 0 7148 7344 2
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... And it is possible that our interior lives aren’t much better protected. In Machine-Readable Hito (2017) Paglen subjected hundreds of photos of the German artist Hito Steyerl to an algorithmic facial-recognition program to evaluate how it gauged not only objective factors like age but also subjective states like ...

The Last London

Iain Sinclair, 30 March 2017

... In his book Vertical: The City from Satellites to Bunkers, the geographer Stephen Graham quotes Hito Steyerl, a German video artist: ‘Many contemporary philosophers have pointed out that the present moment is distinguished by a prevailing condition of groundlessness.’* Call it ground-zero vertigo. Non-specific paranoia. Territory, as soon as it ...

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