Hito Steyerl "This is the Future" Exhibition Art Walk Recap at the Portland Art Museum

April 10, 2023

Hito Steyerl's exhibition "This is the Future"

The world of contemporary art is always expanding, and it's an exciting time to be a part of it. One artist whose work has been generating buzz lately is Hito Steyerl, whose exhibition "This is the Future" is currently on display at the Portland Art Museum. For graduate students, this exhibition is a great opportunity to explore the cutting edge of contemporary art and AI, and to think about how art can shape the way we think about the world.

Hito Steyerl is a German filmmaker and visual artist who has gained international recognition for her work that explores the intersection of technology, politics, and art. Her exhibition "This is the Future" is a collection of new and recent works that examine our current moment of technological change and its implications for society.

One of the highlights of the exhibition is a video installation called "Factory of the Sun," which was originally commissioned for the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2015. The installation consists of a room with large screens showing a virtual reality simulation of a solar-powered factory that produces energy by harvesting the sun's rays. The installation raises questions about the impact of technology on our environment and the potential for technology to create a sustainable future.

Student's got the chance to ask contemporary curator Sara Krajewski questions about the exhibition to get a deeper look into inner workings of Steyerl's work. 

Contemporary curator Sara Krajewski & Visual Studies Chair Garrick Imatani discuss Steyerl's exhibition with graduate students

If you're interested in exploring "This is the Future" further, be sure to visit the Portland Art Museum and check out the exhibition for yourself. It's a great chance to see some of the most exciting contemporary art being produced today, and to think critically about how AI is shaping our world.