“I don’t want to make films that are so specialized that they are only accessible to people with prior knowledge or histories or references,” the Berlin-based video artist Hito Steyerl once said. And so her work, which supercuts pop-culture moments, documentary footage (both original and borrowed), and homemade animations, has something for everyone—think footage of Bruce Lee, the martial arts phenomenon, meeting recordings of Theodor Adorno, the German philosopher. Atmospheric and sneakily ironic, the videos evoke the unsettling Dadaism of dreams while making social critiques with a satirical flourish. —C.J.F.
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