Hito Steyerl: Strike

September 16 – December 11, 2021
Thurs. – Sat. | dusk – 11 pm
Everson Museum Plaza
401 Harrison Street, Syracuse, NY

Related Events

Special Indoor Screening
Travels in Post-Cinema: The Essay Films of Hito Steyerl
Tuesday, October 19 | 2:00 p.m. 
Shaffer Art Building, Shemin Auditorium
Syracuse University 

Zoom Artist Talk
Thursday, October 21 | 6:30 p.m. EDT 
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Urban Video Project’s program year opens with world-renowned artist Hito Steyerl’s Strike (2010). Hito Steyerl’s work explores late capitalism’s social, cultural, and financial imaginaries. Strike will be on view at UVP’s outdoor projection site on the north facade of the Everson Museum of Art at 401 Harrison Street, Thursday through Saturday, from dusk until 11pm.

Strike is a short, humorous film squarely in the tradition of Fluxus performance and wordplay. The title of the work plays on the double meaning of the word “strike.” Most obviously, a strike is a physically violent gesture, in this case against a flatscreen monitor, both a highly fetishized commodity and an object that, when working, “disappears” behind the spectacle it presents. On the other hand, a strike is the strategic refusal to work. The double meaning here short circuits the two terminals of our contemporary split identity as consumer-workers.

In conjunction with the exhibition, UVP will host a screening of Steyerl’s essay films in collaboration with the Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts Department of Transmedia on Tuesday, October 19.

We will also host a Zoom artist talk with Steyerl on Thursday, October 21. Both events are free and open to the public.

About the Work

Strike | 2010 | 28 sec. | Single Channel HD digital video,  sound
Steyerl’s work appears courtesy of  the artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery (New York, NY) and Esther Schipper (Berlin, Germany).

Strike continues Hito Steyerl’s interest in exploring and demystifying the production and circulation of images in late capitalism. In Strike, a monitor is smashed to reveal the outline of its matrix—in the artist’s words, “A sculptural take on what it can mean to take a look backstage.”

About the Artist

Hito Steyerl (born 1966 in Munich, Germany) is a filmmaker, visual artist, writer, and innovator of the essay documentary. Her prolific filmmaking and writing spans the fields of art, philosophy, and politics, constituting a deep exploration of late capitalism’s social, cultural, and financial imaginaries. Her solo exhibitions include Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), Art Institute of Chicago, Artists Space (New York City), E-flux (New York City), ICA (London), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), Park Avenue Armory (New York City), Serpentine Galleries (London), and The Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston). Her work appeared in the 58th, 56th, and 55th Venice Biennale as well as Documenta 12. She has published her writing extensively, most recently in Duty Free Art–Art in the Age of Planetary Civil Wars (London: Verso, 2017 / Zurich: Diaphanes, 2018). In 2017, Art Review listed her as the most influential person in the art world. She is Professor for Experimental Film and Video at the UdK–University of the Arts, Berlin, where she lives and works. Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York City represents her work.



This exhibition was supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.