Woman with bubble of water hovering above her open hand.

Hito Steyerl, ExtraSpaceCraft (detail), 2016. Three-channel HD video, environment, 12 mins., 30 secs. Image CC 4.0 Hito Steyerl. Image courtesy of the artist, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York and Esther Schipper, Berlin.

Hito Steyerl: This is the future

October 24, 2019 - February 23, 2020

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Tuesday, October 22 12 noon – 5 pm 
Wednesday, October 23 10:30 am – 6 pm


Hito Steyerl is an artist, theorist and acute observer of our contemporary world. This survey exhibition, the largest of its kind in Canada, brings together a significant number of her works from the last 15 years.

Steyerl is a storyteller. Using her signature essayistic documentary style – poetic narration supported by a unique blend of pop cultural images, documentary footage and computer-animated sequences – she presents a vision of our world that is at once humorous and frightening.

Her playful explorations of technology and power structures result in darkly ironic cultural critiques that feel particularly relevant today. She blends the personal with the political, the satirical with the serious, while addressing a range of topics from economic collapse to globalization. Steyerl draws us into her world, asking us to reflect on our own roles in shaping the not-so-distant future.

Taking up the entire 5th Level of the David & Vivian Campbell Centre for Contemporary Art, this comprehensive survey exhibition comprises some of the artist’s most iconic works to date ranging from single-channel projections and monitor works to elaborate architectural sculptural environments, a majority of which have never been seen in this country. Two of Steyerl’s large-scale works are included here: Hell Yeah We Fuck Die (2016) and Liquidity Inc. (2014), and are presented next to other seminal works such as Duty Free Art (2015), Strike (2010), Red Alert (2007) and November (2004).

Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario


Hito Steyerl (b. 1966 , Munich, Germany) is an internationally acclaimed German artist, prolific writer and cultural critic. She is currently a professor of Art and Multimedia at the University of the Arts, Berlin and holds a PhD in Philosophy from the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. Steyerl has had solo exhibitions at Park Avenue Armory, New York (2019); Serpentine Gallery, London, UK (2019); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2016); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Artists Space, New York; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia (2015); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands; ICA, London, UK; Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany (2014); Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2013); Art Institute of Chicago, and E-flux, New York (2012). Group exhibitions include 58th Venice Biennial, Italy (2019); Skulptur Projekte Münster, Germany (2017); 32nd São Paulo Biennial, Brazil (2016);  German Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale, Italy; Hannover Kunstverein, Germany; CAC Vilnius, Lithuania (2015); Museum of Modern Art, New York; Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Switzerland; Goethe-Institut Buenos Aires, Argentina (2014); Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Bergen Triennial, Norway, and the 55th Venice Biennale (2013). Hito Steyerl lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

Hito Steryl Events


Rush Line
Artist Talk: Hito Steyerl
Wednesday October 23, 2019

Join artist, filmmaker and writer Hito Steyerl in conversation with writer Brian Droitcour to celebrate the opening of her first solo exhibition in Canada, Hito Steyerl: This is the future

Curators' Circle
Exclusive | Hito Steyerl: This is the future
Monday, November 4, 2019 | 5:30pm

Hito Steyerl is often heralded as creating art for our times. She blends the personal with the political and irony with seriousness as she investigates how images are created, packaged and consumed in the digital age.

Futures: Ron Deibert
Saturday November 9, 2019

Inspired by the exhibition Hito Steyerl: This is the future, we invite leading thinkers to consider urgent issues around data, surveillance and technology.

Study Day: Hito Steyerl 101
Friday November 22, 2019

Join AGO Associate Curator, Contemporary Art Adelina Vlas and Researcher, Katarina Veljovic, for an introduction into the work of artist, filmmaker and writer Hito Steyerl.

Curator’s Talk: Hito Steyerl: This is the future
Friday November 29, 2019

Join Adelina Vlas, curator of Hito Steyerl: This is the future for a talk exploring the fifteen years of work by Hito Steyerl featured in the exhibition.  

AGO Next
Hito Steyerl: This is the future
December 9, 2019 | 6:30 pm

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