performance

Hito Steyerl - 'I dreamed a dream'
16 May 2013

On May 16 in the evening, come look and listen to the lecture performance “I Dreamed a Dream” by Hito Steyerl, acclaimed filmmaker and writer. As Steyerl describes: “The performance deals with the age of mass art production and assumes the form of non-fiction subscription based novel. It is full of cliffhangers, advertisement breaks and excessive and incoherent plotlines. Also it will suddenly stop without further notice or warning.” This event was established in close collaboration with the Goethe Institute in Amsterdam.

Hito Steyerl performing "I Dreamed a Dream", Former West, Berlin.
Hito Steyerl performing "I Dreamed a Dream", Former West, Berlin.

stedelijk|performance

Location: SMBC Hall (staircase in historical building), Stedelijk Museum
Time: May 16, 8 pm
Language: English
Entrance: Entrance price to the museum + additional charge € 2,50
Reservations: It is necessary to make a reservation. Send an e-mail to reservations@stedelijk.nl, stating your full name, e-mail address, telephone number, and the date of the program you want to attend.

Art production used to be one of the most arcane activities, reserved for male masters who had to invest a lot of time and labor to develop their skills. How was the creation of art so thoroughly popularized? How is it possible that basically anyone can claim to produce art nowadays? How did we get here?

Steyerl compares this development with another major technological and social transformation: the invention of firearms. Will mass art production change society in the same way?

Slide from presentation "I Dreamed a Dream", courtesy of the artist.
Slide from presentation "I Dreamed a Dream", courtesy of the artist.

Slide from presentation "I Dreamed a Dream", courtesy of the artist.

MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST
Hito Steyerl is a filmmaker and writer who, often through documentary photography and video, thinks through media circulation. A collection of her essays was recently published in “The Wretched of the Screen” (2012). Recent solo exhibitions include: “Hito Steyerl,” The Art Institute of Chicago, 2012−2013 and “Hito Steyerl,” e-flux, New York, 2012. Steyerl lives and works in Berlin.