Hito Steyerl: Actual Reality OS

Serpentine Sackler Gallery and Online

6 Mar 2019

Hito Steyerl: Actual Reality OS

Beginning from the premise that ‘power is the necessary condition for any digital technology’, this project is the result of extensive research into the local area surrounding the Serpentine Galleries – recorded as one of the most socially uneven areas in Europe.

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Visitors to the Serpentine will be prompted to view an app that uses augmented reality to show what Steyerl calls Actual RealityOS. Using data about wealth, social housing and austerity collected with local research partners and community groups the app shows the Serpentine Galleries shaped and abstracted by the actual forces of its social environment, charting real-life inequality through virtual means. This warped simulacrum of the physical building is designed to restore a social vision to an often unseen stark class reality, demanding the visitor leave their comfort zone and question their surroundings. The research partners include  Architects for Social Housing, Disabled People Against Cuts, Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance, Unite the Union Hotel Workers’ Branch and The Voice of Domestic Workers.

The app will be available for iOS and Android from 6 March 2019.

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Hito Steyerl - Adorno's Grey

Hito Steyerl

Adorno's Grey, 2012

Single channel HD video projection, four angled screens, wall plot, photographs 14 minutes, 20 seconds

Installation view from the Van Abbemuseum, 2014

Image courtesy of the Artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York

Hito Steyerl - The Tower

Hito Steyerl

The Tower, 2015

Three channel high-definition video installation, environment and sound 6 minutes, 55 seconds

Installation view from the Berlin Biennial, 2016

Image courtesy of the Artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York Photo: Timo Ohler

Hito Steyerl - Liquidity Inc

Hito Steyerl

Liquidity Inc., 2014

HD video file, single channel in architectural environment 30 minutes, 15 seconds

Image CC 4.0 Hito Steyerl

Image courtesy of the Artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York

Hito Steyerl - In Free Fall

Hito Steyerl

In Free Fall, 2010

Video HDV, 32', single channel, sound, color 33 minutes, 43 seconds

Image CC 4.0 Hito Steyerl

Image courtesy of the Artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York