Reading/Discussion Seminar: Too Participate in the Image: Hito Steyerl and the Release of the Subject from Subjectivity
Objectives and Content
Screening: Lovely Andrea, Hito Steyerl, 2007. Reading: A Thing Like You and Me, Hito Steyerl 2010
To become a subject carried with it the promise of autonomy, sovereignty, agency. To be a subject was good; to be an object was bad. But, as we all know, being a subject can be tricky. The subject is always already subjected. Though the position of the subject suggests a degree of control, its reality is rather one of being subjected to power relations. Nevertheless, generations of feminists, including myself, have strived to get rid of patriarchal objectification in order to become subjects. The feminist movement, until quite recently (and for a number of reasons), worked toward claiming autonomy and full subjecthood. But as the struggle to become a subject became mired in its own contradictions, a different possibility emerged. How about siding with the object for a change?
Note: Requirement for seminar: Read and be prepared to discuss text.