Lecture performance

• 03​ 09​ 2015 •
Hito Steyerl // Kassem Mosse Eye Explosion // Combat Zones That See

Hito Steyerl

Eye Explosion

An event in the frame of PLURIVERSALE III.

20:00
Venue: Bayenwerft Kunsthaus Rhenania e. V., Bayenstraße 28, 50678 Cologne
Day ticket for Hito Steyerl & Kassem Mosse: 8 €, reduced 5 €
Tickets at tixforgigs.com In English

Hito Steyerl has traveled to Kobane and Suruç repeatedly over the last two years as battles between ISIS and Kurdish militias were raging. As a witness of war and a filmmaker, she asked herself why she could not see anything – or rather, why she could not understand any of what she was seeing. Steyerl approaches these questions in the latest in a series of lecture performances, films and video installations on the optics and visuals of war – both simulated and real, fictitious and factual. Inspired by the cinematic grammars of the late Harun Farocki, Steyerl examines the blindness of her own battlefield footage to offer some speculations about the battlefield surveillance system ARGUS-IS, aerial vision, object tracking and autonomy.

Kassem Mosse

Combat Zones That See #

21:30
Venue: Bayenwerft Kunsthaus Rhenania e. V., Bayenstraße 28, 50678 Cologne
Day ticket for Hito Steyerl & Kassem Mosse: 8 €, reduced 5 € Tickets at tixforgigs.com

Kassem Mosse’s ongoing project delves into the sounds of war from an unexpected angle, that of battlefield vision. It translates and scales down militarized models for the analysis of optical data: the automated tracking, pattern analysis and sensing strategies deployed on today’s battlefields are fed into interconnected setups of outdated music technology. The performance in Cologne will present a sound environment that collages real, transmitted and fictional sounds with music. The choice of material avoids the sensational and the sounds of industrialized combat in favor of consumer technologies in war time: the soft crackle of fire, the sound of money transfers, the low whirring of hard drives filled with video footage, the tweet sound from a cell phone on the front lines, the rustle of plastic blowing in the wind, rubber soles stepping on ashes, the soft noise of camera lenses zooming in on distant shapes and figures, the digital artifacts of Skype conversations.