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Negotiations of In/Visibility: Surveillance in Hito Steyerl’s How Not to be Seen

Joachim Friis (2021)

In this paper, author Joachim Friis analyzed Hito Steyerl’s artwork How Not to be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational .MOV File (2013) and showed how this video, in playing with representational media, subverts categories used for surveillant targeting and data extraction.  He understands How Not to be Seen as a discursive practice using images that poses an ambivalent surveillance critique through media- and wordplay. 

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