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Exhibitions 2014

March 16−June 22, 2014
High Performance. The JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION as guest at the ZKM. Time-based Media Art since 1996

An exhibition at the ZKM | Media Museum
Opening: Sat, March 15, 2014, 6 p.m.

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Closing Event of the Exhibition

With over 50 key works of time based media art the renowned, in Düsseldorf based since 1996, JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION is scheduled to be on show at the ZKM. With large-format video works and films, as well as multichannel spatial installations, the exhibition demonstrates that as an artistic medium, video art, which first began fifty years ago, has lost nothing of its force.

Across 3500 square meters on the entire ground floor of the ZKM | Media Museum, the exhibition offers in-depth insight into the most recent developmental history of the JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION since 1996. In addition, a comprehensive compilation documents the most im-portant performances to have been on show at the Düsseldorf collec-tion building.

The exhibition will present above all most recent developments in video art on the subjects of "body and soul", "public space", "environment" as well as "virtual reality" including, among others, works by Doug Aitken, Francis Alÿs, Ed Atkins, Trisha Baga, John Bock, Monica Bonvicini, Robert Boyd, Matthew Buckingham, Paul Chan, Keren Cytter, Simon Denny, Cyprien Gaillard, Christian Jankowski, Jesper Just, Mike Kelley, Klara Lidén, Helen Marten, Tony Oursler, Mika Rottenberg, Mathilde ter Heijne, Ryan Trecartin, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Andro Wekua, Aaron Young, Tobias Zielony.

Curators: Bernhard Serexhe und Julia Stoschek

Closing Event
Sun, June 22, 2014, 4.30 pm, ZKM_Foyer
Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on ‘Ode to Joy,’ No. 3
At the closing event of the exhibition, the pianist Luca Ieracitano will again perform "Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on ‘Ode to Joy,’ No. 3" by Allora & Calzadilla at the ZKM.

Allora & Calzadilla (*1974/*1971) have been jointly developing a multi-layered artistic idiom since 1995. Their work deals with history and current international politics. They reveal the complex dynamics at work in these systems by destabilizing and reconfiguring them.

In "Stop, Repair, Prepare", Allora & Calzadilla cut a hole into the middle of an early 20th-century Bechstein grand piano, creating a fusion of sculpture and performance. The performer stands in the gap inside the instrument playing the fourth movement of Beethoven’s ninth symphony with the famous chorus which is also known as "Ode to Joy" and was long considered the musical expression of interpersonal, universal fraternity, in a variety of different ideological settings. Today the piece is the official European Union anthem. In the performance, which goes beyond the concept of a player-piano and a playable piano, the performer has to reach out over the keyboard and reposition his hands such that he can hit the keys both horizontally and vertically mirrored while moving the instrument across the space with his body.


- subject to change -

photo: Francis Alÿs: Rehearsal II, 1999-2001, Courtesy of Julia Stoschek Collection

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