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How Not To Be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational .MOV File

15:52 minutes

In #2013 Steyerl released her video How Not to Be Seen, presenting five lessons in #invisibility. These lessons include how to 1. Make something invisible for a camera, 2. Be invisible in plain sight, 3. Become invisible by becoming a picture, 4. Be invisible by disappearing, and 5. Become #invisible by merging into a world made of pictures. Many of these methods may seem impossible. How Not to Be Seen is a satirical take on #instructional #films. Much of the video also deals with #surveillance and digital imagery: for example, figures in all black dance around as "pixels," and aerial photography features frequently. Thus, How Not to be #Seen becomes a tutorial for invisibility in an age of intense #hypersurveillance.

#HitoSteyerl (born 1 January 1966) is a German #filmmaker, moving image artist, writer, and innovator of the essay documentary. Her principal topics of interest are media, technology, and the #global circulation of images. #Steyerl holds a PhD in Philosophy from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She is currently a professor of New Media #Art at the Berlin University of the Arts, where she co-founded the Research Center for Proxy Politics, together with Vera Tollmann and Boaz Levin .

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