2012, Sat, Jun 02

Objectifiction

Hito Steyerl

Hito Steyerl | Objectification, 2011, Videostill | © Hito Steyerl

Hito Steyerl | Objectification, 2011, Videostill | © Hito Steyerl

Filmmaker and theorist Hito Steyerl’s presentation examines the relation of objects to objectivity and objectification.

How do 3D technologies affect our notion of space and material reality? What are the affinities between these new tools and early photography, with its ability to freeze life? And what are 3D’s blind spots and white shadows? Case studies will include 3D-mapping based on videos and other live-gathered data. Once a scan is produced — for instance, of a battlefield — the event can be revisited and observed from an infinite number of angles. However, the data does not simply provide evidence but also introduces ambiguities, interpretations, confusion. “If you want to establish the truth,” Steyerl says, “then you establish at the same time the contradiction”.