Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION, the group exhibition WORLDBUILDING: Gaming and Art in the Digital Age opens in Düsseldorf this June.
WORLDBUILDING will bring together pioneers of artistic processes such as JODI, Peggy Ahwesh, Cory Arcangel, and Sturtevant, who have modified existing video and computer games for their own works since the 1990s, and more specifically interactive works by pioneers Suzanne Treister and Rebecca Allen, who has a special bond with the city of Düsseldorf due to her collaboration with the band Kraftwerk. Large-scale, game-based installations will immerse the visitors in the work of younger generation artists such as Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Keiken, LuYang, Lawrence Lek, Gabriel Massan, and the Institute of Queer Ecology, who critically reflect on socio-identitarian issues with utopian visions and future worlds, while others point to a direct interaction where the boundaries between artwork and social dimension of video games or the metaverse merge, as in the work of Lual Mayen, Cao Fei, Frances Stark, Angela Washko, and LaTurbo Avedon, who is both an avatar and an anonymous artist. Aesthetic components that come directly from the world of game programming, including 3-D and VR, will find a special place in the time-based media art works of Ed Atkins, Meriem Bennani, Ed Fornieles, Rindon Johnson, and Jakob Kudsk Steensen, while video works with a distinctly more narrative emphasis by Harun Farocki, Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, and Sondra Perry will offer insight into other aspects of the games industry.
On the occasion of the ten-year anniversary of the JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION, the British artist Ed Atkins conceived the exhibition GENERATION LOSS. The term means first and foremost the process of data quality deterioration that results from changing technologies. This loss of quality, at the same time, also materializes in an ideological sense in the social change from one generation to the next. The catalogue takes up this question and addresses how the reception of the moving image has changed from the nineteen-seventies until today. In addition to video and film stills, the catalogue also includes historical material about the works presented as well as installation views of the exhibition.
Cao Fei is one of the most important Chinese artists of her generation. Born in Guangzhou in 1978, she grew up in a world of advertising and electronic entertainment. Fascinated by the vibrant nature of consumer society, she developed an idiosyncratic visual language that playfully, ironically and humorously juxtaposes how we imagine, desire, criticise and enjoy reality, thus blurring the boundaries between reality and fantasy. In her diverse work, which ranges from photo series, films, performances and installations to prose and plays, Cao Fei seeks above all to investigate the rapid social and cultural changes revolutionising China as well as the new generation of Chinese teenagers.
The exhibition brings together works in film and video by seventeen artists, spanning over six decades of audiovisual production focused on themes such as cultural history, race, gender identity, circulation of images in the media, and the role of artists in contemporary society. Self-representation and its strategies, such as self-portrait and the fictionalization of life, emerge in various works, functioning as a potential guiding thread and uniting productions in the exhibition, as well as appropriation, collection, and montage of images from other sources. These are two possible thematic trends running through the exhibit, serving as useful conceptual cores to navigate it, but which do not exhaust the possibilities of interpreting the works displayed and the relationships between them.
Entrance is free of charge for children and young people under eighteen, school pupils, students, trainees, the disabled, pensioners, the unemployed and those on social security on presentation of a relevant valid ID as well as members of ICOM and AICA.
Free of charge for children and people under eighteen, school pupils, students, trainees, the disabled, pensioners, the unemployed, and people on welfare, as well as members of ICOM upon presentation of a valid ID. 59ce067264