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November followed by In Free Fall

September 28 at 1:00
East Building Auditorium

Invoking Sergei Eisenstein’s revolutionary October (1928), artist Hito Steyerl avows, “November is the time after October, a time when revolution seems to be over, and peripheral struggles have become particular, localist, and almost impossible to communicate.” Exhibited at Documenta 12 (2007), the film loosely follows Steyerl’s childhood friend, sociologist Andrea Wolf, and the appropriation of her likeness as an icon of martyrdom. Steyerl plays up the dissemination of images in the digital age and the stories inscribed to them, while delivering a scathing critique of Germany’s armed involvement in foreign affairs. (Hito Steyerl, 2004, 30 minutes)
    Following the financial crisis of 2008, Hito Steyerl sets her film In Free Fall in a graveyard for scrapped airplanes in the Mojave Desert. Featuring Hollywood aviation disaster montages, interviews with the junkyard proprietor, an actor portraying an aeronautics expert, and an out-of-work cinematographer, the title evokes a double entendre connecting aviation and economic crashes. Like many of Steyerl’s works, In Free Fall confounds the distinction between documentary and fiction to articulate themes such as workers’ labor, the culture industry, and the ills of capitalism. (Hito Steyerl, 2010, 30 minutes)

still from In Free Fall
courtesy Hito Steyerl

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