Hito Steyerl: Adorno’s Grey
Oct. 3 – Dec. 14, 2013
Opening: October 2, 7pm
Artist Talk: October 2, 6pm
Wong Experimental Theatre
Hito Steyerl’s installation Adorno’s Grey (2012) features a single channel video set at the Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt where Theodor W. Adorno famously taught. It shows two conservators scraping the walls of a lecture hall, looking for the legendary grey that Adorno had his classroom painted in order to promote concentration. The “Busenattentat” (Breast Attack) incident that occurred during his 1969 lecture series, “Introduction to Dialectical Thinking”, is narrated and interpreted over the forensic performance. Parallel to the excavation, Steyerl uncovers a constellation of artifacts from the histories of student protests, nude protests and monochrome painting. In her practice, Steyerl employs riddles, puns and word play as tools for ideological critique. In Adorno’s Grey, she exercises the dialectical properties of grey within philosophy, aesthetics, pedagogy and politics.
Steyerl is a Berlin based filmmaker and author in the area of essayist documentary film/video, media art and video installation. She teaches New Media Art at University of the Arts, Berlin and her work has been included in the Venice Biennale (2013), Taipei Biennial (2010), dOCUMENTA (12) (2007) and Manifesta 5 (2004), among others.
Curated by Melanie O’Brian with Amy Kazymerchyk in collaboration with the School for the Contemporary Arts’ Audain Visual Artist in Residence Program.
Sat. Oct. 19, Sat. Nov. 9, and Sat. Nov. 30, 1pm
Exhibition Tours guided by SCA MFA Visual Arts Candidates
Wed. Oct. 16, 6pm
Grey on Grey Lectures
Samir Gandesha: The Colour of Adorno’s Thought
Jaleh Mansoor: On Monochromy and Repressive Tolerance: Notes on the Post WWII Recrudescence of the Revolutionary Form
Wed. Nov. 6, 6pm
Grey on Grey Lectures
Sara Mourad: From Feminism to Titslamism: The Politics of Bare Breasts
Michael Rattray: The Global Artist Amongst Unrest
Wed. Nov. 20, 6pm
No Looking After the Internet
Robin Simpson: Modern Colour, Concentration, Referred Itch
Wed. Nov. 27, 6pm
Perspectives on a Vertical Plane: Hito Steyerl’s videos and .mov files
Lovely Andrea. 2007, 30min.
In Free Fall. 2010, 32min.
HOW NOT TO BE SEEN A Fucking Didactic Educational .Mov File. 2013, 15min.