It’s hard to keep track of all the overlapping technological, environmental, and political crises to worry about in 2023. As a guide to such a moment, few figures in art are better equipped than Hito Steyerl, whose imaginative and unsparring work looks directly at all these spheres, and maps how they connect.
Despite the complexity of her subject matter and research-intensive process, the German filmmaker’s works are enthralling and often manifest as highly ambitious, immersive architectural environments. No wonder, then, that her work has gained such a global following, with her largest-ever retrospective, “I Will Survive,” ending a European tour at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam last year.
On the occasion of her new exhibition, “This is the Future,” at the Portland Art Museum in Oregon, Artnet News Europe editor Kate Brown spoke to Steyerl about the implications of artificial intelligence, the metaverse, crypto, and an increasingly imperiled natural world for humanity.