horizontal vertigo

horizontal vertigo
MARCH 31, 2019 – APRIL 26, 2020

ARTISTS: Sophia Al-Maria, Morehshin Allahyari, Meriem Bennani, Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, A.K. Burns, Dorota Gawęda und Eglė Kulbokaitė, Sky Hopinka, Rindon Johnson, Chelsea Knight, Trinh T. Minh-ha, Arjuna Neuman & Denise Ferreira da Silva, Colin Self, Martine Syms, WangShui, Eduardo Williams, Anna Zett

Renate Lorenz / Pauline Boudry

TO VALERIE SOLANAS AND MARILYN MONROE IN RECOGNITIN OF THEIR DESPERATION, 2013, Installation with Super 16mm film transferred to video, HD, 18’. Performance: Rachel Aggs, Peaches, Catriona Shaw, Verity Susman, Ginger Brooks Taka-hashi, William Wheeler. Film still: Andrea Thal. Courtesy of Ellen de Bruijne Projects and Marcelle Alix, Paris.

Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz
Meriem Benanni

PARTY ON THE CAPS, 2018, 5 channel projection, mapped digital video installation, installation view Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève, 2018, Photo: Mathilda Olmi. Courtesy of the artist

Meriem Bennani

FROM ITS MOUTH CAME A RIVER OF HIGH-END RESIDENTIAL APPLIANCES, 2018, 1-channel video, water. Courtesy of the artist.


For the first time in its history, the JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION will present an ensemble of solo exhibitions, performances, and screenings of works not included in the collection. Over the course of a year, six exhibitions—three in Düsseldorf and three in Berlin—will open successively, beginning in March 2019 and running until April 2020. They will be accompanied by screening and performance programs, artist talks, lectures, and readings at both locations. Many of the artists featured in horizontal vertigo will show their work for the first time in Germany.

horizontal vertigo will feature commissions and new productions as well as existing works by a group of international artists whose interdisciplinary time-based practices share focused perspectives infused with feminist, queer, and decolonial critique, in resistance to restrictive concepts of identity, history, and representation. Each project deals with a specific context driven by the artist and what the artwork affords, creating a web of associations and stories over time that is both fluid and multivalent.

The curatorial framework for this year of programming is inspired by the writing of artist, writer, and filmmaker Trinh T. Minh-ha. The title is quoted from “Cotton and Iron” (1991), an essay in which Minh-Ha foregrounds plurality and “non-totalness,” challenging systems of binary opposition and definitive categorizations. Echoing this commitment, horizontal vertigo does not propose one overarching theme but thrives on the multiplicity of narratives and narrators at hand, exploring the inherent plurality of the entire program without prescribing a “right” way of reading it. horizontal vertigo ‘speaks to’ and not ‘about’ the participating artists, to quote Minh-ha, embracing dialogue instead of representation.

Curated by Lisa Long

Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, ONGOING EXPERIMENTS WITH STRANGENESS, April 26 – July 28, 2019
Opening: April 25, 2019, 8-11 p.m.

Rindon Johnson, CIRCUMSCRIBE, March 31 – July 28, 2019
Opening: March 29, 2019, 7 p.m.

The accompanying screening series at JSC Düsseldorf will feature artists or artist duos for a duration of six weeks. At JSC Berlin there will be a number of one-time screening events. Participating artists include: Morehshin Allahyari, Dorota Gawęda und Eglė Kulbokaitė, Sky Hopinka, Chelsea Knight, Trinh T. Minh-ha, Arjuna Neuman & Denise Ferreira da Silva, Martine Syms, Eduardo Williams, Anna Zett.


COLIN SELF, SUBTEXT, 31 May & 1 June 2019
Doors open at 9 p.m., Performance at 10 p.m.
Tickets: 10 EUR / 7 EUR. Tickets are available at the front desk at JSC Berlin during opening hours: Saturday/Sunday, 12–6 p.m. Remaining tickets will be available at the front desk on the evening of the performance.

Colin Self

Colin Self, Siblings (Elation VI), 2018, live performance MoMA PS1, New York. photo: Maria Barranova. © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019. Courtesy of the artist


Subtext is the first part of a new performance series by artist and composer Colin Self based on The Siblings Compendium, a collection of writings and quotes that inspired Self’s recently released album Siblings (2018). Focusing on the sedimentary layer, the research, and archive on which the album resides, Subtext (2019) weaves together text, song, and movement into a sequence of ambulatory exercises, or “bets,” performed by a group.

The Siblings Compendium is a collective research document inspired by writers and thinkers including Ursula K. Le Guin, Donna Haraway, Every Ocean Hughes, Fred Moten, and José Esteban Muñoz, among others, acting as a binding agent between Self’s various solo and collaborative artistic experiments. In Subtext, Self presents an imaginary stage beneath the opera of Siblings, having agents perform and recount the research in simultaneity, through recitation, song, and games.

Please note that the performance will take place in a very low light. The audience will be guided through multiple spaces by the performers. Audience members are asked not to use the flashlight function on their phones unless instructed to do so by the performers.

We apologize, but the performance space is not wheelchair accessible. Please contact JSC Berlin directly to make arrangements.

Attendance is limited to 80 guests per performance.


The JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION is a private collection of contemporary international art with a focus on time-based media. Founded in 2007, the private collection has its own exhibition building in Düsseldorf, with a total of 3,000 sq.m. available for public presentations.

At present, the collection boasts over 750 works by around 250 primarily European and US artists. The various substantive aspects covered by the collection are presented and documented in regular temporary exhibitions and publications. The steadily growing collection concentrates conceptually above all on the moving image in art from the 1960s to the present day and straddles various disciplines: video, single and multiple projections of analog and digital film material, multimedia environments as well as computer and Internet- based installations, but also ephemeral art forms, such as performances.

To supplement the main Düsseldorf location, since 2 June 2016 a space is open to the public in Berlin. The exhibition area covers a full 2,500 sq.m. and is to be found in Berlin’s Mitte district at Leipziger Strasse 60 – in the building complex that formerly housed the Czech Cultural Center in East Germany.

Johanna Meyer-Grohbrügge of Berlin architects has masterminded the conversion of the premises into an exhibition space. By opening the satellite in Berlin, JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION becomes the first private collection in Germany to have two publicly accessible locations at once - in Düsseldorf and Berlin.



JSC BERLIN, Leipziger Strasse 60 (entrance: Jerusalemer Strasse), D 10117 Berlin. Direction

Opening hours

Saturday & Sunday, Noon – 6:00 p.m.

Partly barrier-free access

Barrier-free access to the ground floor of JSC Berlin. The 1st floor is not suitable for visitors in wheelchairs or for baby strollers (access only via the staircase; no lift).


EUR 5.00. Entrance is free of charge for children and young people aged 18 or less, school pupils, students, trainees, the disabled, pensioners, the unemployed and those on social security on presentation of a relevant valid ID.

Guided tours

Public guided tours of the exhibition in German: Sundays, 3 p.m.. Public guided tours of the exhibition in English: Saturday, 3 p.m. Cost: EUR 10.00 per person (incl. entrance). To register, please send an e-mail to visit@jsc.berlin. Special guided tours outside opening hours: Cost: EUR 20.00 per person for groups of 10 or more persons (incl. entrance). For enquiries and to register, please send an e-mail to visit@jsc.berlin

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