CURA.

HITO STEYERL

Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London

April 11 – May 6, 2019

 

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Visitors to the exhibition will see an augmented reality app designed to expand our social vision of some local communities to reveal what Steyerl calls Actual Reality, a series of guided neighbourhood ‘power walks’, and a new video installation created using artificial intelligence trained to predict the future.

Beginning with the premise that ‘’’power’’ is the necessary condition for any digital technology’, Steyerl considers the multiple meanings of the word, including electrical currents, the ecological powers of plants or natural elements, and the complex networks of authority that shape our environments.

Actual RealityOS charts real-life inequality through virtual means (augmented reality). Visitors to the Serpentine will view a warped simulacrum of the exterior of the physical building using data about wealth, social housing and austerity collected with local research partners. This form of data visualisation is designed to restore a social vision to an often-unseen stark class reality.

The research partners for the work include Architects for Social Housing, Disabled People Against Cuts, Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance, Unite the Union Hotel Workers’ Branch, and The Voice of Domestic Workers. A series ofPower Walks guided neighbourhood walks and tour created in conversation with some of these partners, local residents and community groups, will take place throughout Spring 2019. Influenced by the Situationists’ dérive, thePower Walks will bring the data in the app to life, highlighting issues around social housing, low wage work and the accessibility of the city. Each walk tells a story of the hidden and not so hidden inequalities from the point of view of those most affected.

Inside the gallery space, the exhibition Power Plants features a new video installation co-commissioned with The Store X. The video images of plants are generated by neural networks that predict the future creating a series of digital video sculptures that literally look into the future. The surrounding park is a visual thread throughout. Produced by The Vinyl Factory, the soundtrack accompanying the film includes a collaboration with British musician, rapper and visual artist, Kojey Radical. The exhibition design is inspired by the idea of a ruderal garden: an ensemble of plants that grows in the wake of human disruption or destruction. It’s an environment that Steyerl’s neural networks predicted as a vision of the future, is a metaphor for a garden rich with plants that have various ecological, medicinal and political powers. Situated between cinema and fine art, Steyerl’s work develops from research and interviews, culminating in installations that interweave documentary film with dream-like montage.

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Courtesy of the Artist, Andrew Kreps Gallery (New York) and Esther Schipper Gallery (Berlin) 
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Courtesy of the Artist, Andrew Kreps Gallery (New York) and Esther Schipper Gallery (Berlin) 
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