Hito Steyerl has studied at the Academy of Visual Arts, Tokyo and the University of Television and Film, Munich. She also completed a doctorate in philosophy at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna.
Steyerl is the recipient of the 2019 Käthe Kollwitz Prize from Akademie der Künste in Berlin. In 2015, Steyerl was awarded the EYE Prize from the EYE Film Institute Netherlands and the Paddy & Joan Leigh Fermor Arts Fund. In 2010, she received the New: Vision Award from the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival.
Steyerl has held teaching positions at several institutions including KUVA Helsinki, as a visiting professor for Artistic Research Theory (2012–13); University of Arts Berlin, as a professor for Experimental film and video (since 2011); Royal Academy of Copenhagen, as a visiting professor at the School for Conceptual Art (2009–10); Goldsmiths College London, as a convener of MA’s in Cultural and Postcolonial Studies; and the University of Arts Berlin, as a visiting professor for Gender and Cultural Studies (2001-03).
From 2014 to 2017, Steyerl co-founded the Research Centre for Proxy Politics at the University of Arts Berlin. The initiative led a series of workshops and in 2017, it concluded with a final conference, The Proxy and Its Politics, and the publication of Proxy Politics. Power and Subversion in a Networked Age (Archive Books, Berlin).
Hito Steyerl was born in 1966 in Munich. She currently lives and works in Berlin.
Hito Steyerl, Duty Free Art, 2015 Installation view from Artists Space, New York, 2015