Interview with Hito Steyerl about two of her films at Documenta 12 - Red Alert (2007) and Lovely Andrea (2007).
Hito Steyerl is a filmmaker, publicist and a theoretician; lives in Berlin, Germany. She works on issues of migration, cultural globalization, post-colonial criticism and political theory. Hito Steyerl examines the complexities of traveling of images and how their meaning changes. In 'Lovely Andrea' (2007), a film essay, Hito Steyerl is looking for an old bondage photograph of herself, which she did in Tokyo as a student job 20 years ago. The film links work - bondage; dependency - independence; freedom - force. Bondage for Hito is a universal metaphor of photo documentation in the media and how images transform reality. How do images contribute to establishing the truth and what is their role in power relations?
Hito Steyerl developed 'Red Alert' (2007)as “a necessary consequence of the bondage film Lovely Andrea.” She created a non-time based form, a different form of articulation. Red Alert is also a homage to Alexander Rodchenko’s 1921 triptych 'Smooth Panels'. With his monochrome painting of the three primary colors, Rodchenko expressed his believe that this is the end of painting, you could not push painting any further. Hito Steyerl thinks the same of video, it “ has reached the outer limit.”