In Free Fall
by Hito Steyerl
Through intertwined narratives of people, planes and places Steyerl reveals cycles of capitalism incorporating and adapting to the changing status of the commodity, but also points at a horizon beyond this endless repetition.
"Falling is a transition. It is a movement from one position to another. In as much as it suggests failure or ruin, to love is also to fall. It is corruption, revolution and abandonment. It implies a relationship. Hito Steyerl's In Free Fall charts a singular object, the Boeing 707-700 4X-JYI airplane, in this process of falling. Less the story of an object's production and eventual obsolescence, In Free Fall documents a life made visible through consecutive moments of destruction."
- Gil Leung
Hito Steyerl's films are a montage of pop and politics, Hollywood and independent film, interviews and voice-over commentaries, all combined into provocative filmic analyses of the present. In Free Fall incorporates a trio of works: Before the Crash, After the Crash and Crash, which tell the story of the current global economic crisis through the example of an aeroplane junkyard in the Californian desert. The aeroplane junkyard reveals the anatomy of all sorts of crashes: both fictional and real. This is an investigation of planes as they are parked during the economic downturn, stored and recycled, revealing unexpected connections between economy, violence and spectacle. An example of this is the Boeing 4X-JYI, first acquired by film director Howard Hughes for TWA, which then flew for the Israeli Airforce before it was blown up for the Hollywood blockbuster, Speed. But the economic crisis doesn't stop short of affecting the film industry either.
|Duration||33 minutes 42 seconds|
|Medium||Single screen video projection|
|Original format||HDV 1080p25|
|Screening format||MPEG-2 HD Transport Stream|
|Colour / B&W||Colour|
In Free Fall is a new work co-commissioned by Collective, Edinburgh, Chisenhale Gallery, London and Picture This, Bristol.
Funded with the support of Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen.
Collective, Edinburgh, UK
29 July - 19 September 2010
Picture This, Bristol, UK
01 - 30 October 2010
Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK
04 November - 19 December 2010
Signal + Noise Media Art Festival, Vancouver
Hito Steyerl is an internationally acclaimed artist and theoretician based in Berlin.
Writer and curator Gil Leung looks at how moments in an object's life are framed in Hito Steyerl's In Free Fall.
Read an interview with recently commissioned artist Hito Steyerl on A.P.Engine. Hito's In Free Fall opens next week at Picture This - preview 6 -
New article on APEngine by Bridget Crone on Hito Steyerl's In Free Fall currently showing here at Picture This
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