Out of Space: Dusseldorf Variation

Out of Space: Dusseldorf Variation

Julia Stoschek Foundation

Cyprien Gaillard, Ocean II Ocean (still), 2019. HD video, 10:56 minutes, color, sound. Courtesy of the artist and Sprüth Magers, Berlin.

August 30, 2022
Out of Space: Dusseldorf Variation
August 31–September 4, 2022
Julia Stoschek Collection
Schanzenstrasse 54
40549 Düsseldorf
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Out of Space: Dusseldorf Variation is a five-day intervention of art in public spaces across Düsseldorf. Curated by Junni Chen and Sophia Scherer, the 2021–22 fellows of the Curatorial & Research Residency Program, time-based media art abandons the conventional framework of an exhibition venue during the event, bringing works by artists into dialogue with specific sites in the city of Düsseldorf.

Out of Space presents more than twenty works from the Julia Stoschek Collection, including ones by Heike BaranowskyHannah BlackTracey EminCyprien GaillardAna MendietaTony Oursler, and Kandis Williams, at public sites including the Bilker Bunker, the Walther König BookstoreDreischeibenhausLa Tête/the HMG Handelsblatt Media Group GmbH & Co KGHafenKunstKinoHaus der Geschichte Nordrhein-WestfalenHotel Nikko Düsseldorf, and the Ando Future Studios, as well as the building that houses the Julia Stoschek Collection.

The decentralized exhibition explores questions of how urban topologies are perceived, used, and shared with others. How can public spaces be made more accessible to a wider cross-section of society, and how is it that certain groups are excluded from public life? The works being presented reflect a wide range of approaches, encompassing the vantage points of feminists and migrants as well as the perspective of Black communities. The identifying and reevaluating of communal needs will make it possible to address the dynamics of power and the resulting social mechanisms of exclusion.

Many of the selected works are being exhibited in Düsseldorf for the first time: the two-channel video installation Eurydice (2018) by Kandis Williams, which explores the social invisibility of Black bodies, is presented at the site of the Ando Future Studios, which is currently the largest temporary-use project in Germany and will subsequently become a major construction project by architect Tadao Ando. The video work Untitled (The Wave) (2020) by Anne Imhof, outlining a melancholy relationship between humans, nature, and a dynamic of violence, is presented at the Bilker Bunker, which was constructed as an air-raid shelter over eighty-five years ago and now functions as a nonprofit cultural institution. At the “post-Futuristic” Hotel Nikko Düsseldorf, another space presents Bodybuilding (2015) by Hannah Black, a work that examines the relation between the cult of the body and the commodification of cities. The video work KOE (2015) by Cyprien Gaillard can be seen on the façade of the Haus der Geschichte Nordrhein-Westfalen. Filmed on Düsseldorf’s Königsallee employing state-of-the-art technology, the work documents the daily flight of ring-necked parakeets along the shopping strip at dusk. Like much of Gaillard’s work, it highlights the ambivalent relationship between nature and urbanism together with issues of migration and assimilation. His video work Ocean II Ocean (2019), which also explores issues arising from shared habitats, can be experienced in Düsseldorf for the first time as part of an open- air screening at HafenKunstKino during the evenings.

Artists: Heike Baranowsky, Orian Barki & Meriem Bennani, Hannah Black, Tracey Emin, Cao Fei, Dara Friedman, Cyprien Gaillard, Beatrice Gibson, Guerrilla Girls, Anne Imhof, Imi Knoebel, Lina Lapelytė, Klara Lidén, Gordon Matta-Clark, Ana Mendieta, Tony Oursler, Oliver Payne & Nick Relph, James Richards, Nora Turato, Stephen Vitiello, Kandis Williams, Aaron Young

Locations & opening hours

Wednesday, August 31, 6–11pm, official opening party with summer party in the courtyard. 7pm, greeting by Julia Stoschek and Anna-Alexandra Pfau. 7–8pm, Lisa Long (JSC) in conversation with curators Junni Chen and Sophia Scherer (English). 8–11pm, music by The Croons.
Julia Stoschek Collection, Schanzenstrasse 54, 40549 Düsseldorf

Projection X (Remake): September 2, 10–11:30pm, a light performance by Imi Knoebel in Düsseldorf’s urban space.
Düsseldorf Cityscape

Guided tour with curator Sophia Scherer (German): September 3, 4pm
Ando Future Studios, Mercedesstrasse 11, 40470 Düsseldorf

Guided tour with curator Junni Chen (English): September 3, 5pm
Bilker Bunker, Aachener Strasse 39, 40223 Düsseldorf

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