Hito Steyerl’s Landmark Video Installation “Factory of the Sun”

Recently our residents visited the MOCA where they presented the U.S. premiere of Hito Steyerl’s landmark video installation Factory of the Sun.

Residents found the work to be immersive! Resident Vida G. commented, “Steyerl probes the pleasures of image circulation in a moment defined by the global flow of data.”

Ricocheting between genres—news reportage, documentary film, video games, and internet dance videos—Factory of the Sun uses the motifs of light and acceleration to explore what possibilities are still available for collective resistance when surveillance has become a mundane part of an increasingly virtual world.

Resident Joyce L. described the exhibit, “The room is a black rectangle, marked on the walls, floor, and ceiling by a grid of glowing blue strip-lights. A big projection screen angles across one corner.” Factory of the Sun tells the surreal story of workers whose forced moves in a motion capture studio are turned into artificial sunshine. Hito Steyerl’s Factory of the Sun styles itself as a video game. But as resident Irwin S. noted “you will not be able to play this game,” rather, “it will play you.”

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