KW Production Series is a new commissioning project, organized in collaboration with the JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION and OUTSET Germany_Switzerland, which is dedicated to artists’ moving-image works and concentrates on two new productions per year.
The project takes inspiration from KW Institute for Contemporary Art’s founding principles as a place for production, thought, critical exchange, and collaboration. Within this ongoing series, KW seeks to identify and serve artists who are at a pivotal moment in their work and career—those who will benefit not only from the financial support and institutional visibility this opportunity provides, but also those who will be able to use KW Production Series to significantly contribute towards the depth and rigor of their artistic practice.
Exploring ideas around gender, poetry, and disobedience, Beatrice Gibson’s 16mm film, I Hope I’m Loud When I’m Dead, was developed with two of the USA’s most significant living poets—CAConrad and Eileen Myles.
The filmmaker tersely distills material shot on the eve of the 45th presidential inauguration in February 2017 and blends moments of perilous public authority with more intimate scenes and tender portraits. Gibson uses poetry as a means to reckon with the present and looks to its authors as prophetic guides to help one move through chaos.
I Hope I’m Loud When I’m Dead is a co-commission with Camden Arts Centre, London, Bergen Kunsthall, and Mercer Union, Toronto.
Over the course of a year, Jamie Crewe worked on Pastoral Drama every day. The piece comprises two parallel videos that use allegory and animation to think about progress. Through intricate drawings in ink and pencil, speckled clay, and encrusted plasticine, Crewe reflects upon the evolution of mythic narratives, (inter-)personal change, and collective political time.
Pastoral Drama juxtaposes the ancient Greek legend of Eurydice and the Underworld with Agostino Agazzari’s Eumelio, a 15th-century opera composed for the male inhabitants of a Roman seminary, in which the titular male figure stands in for Eurydice and so achieves a different fate.
In its double telling, Pastoral Drama envisions the collapse of mythic pasts with the dangerous after-world of the present.
Pastoral Drama is a co-commission with Tramway, Glasgow (GB).
KW Production Series is produced by Mason Leaver-Yap, KW’s Associate Curator, and is made possible with the generous support by the JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION and OUTSET Germany_Switzerland.
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.