Many have declared that the newly opened Julia Stoschek Collection is just what Berlin has been waiting for—a collector prioritizing post-internet art and shunning the physicality of more traditional mediums of expression. The selections for her new space elegantly explore the sometimes invisible line between the actual and virtual and almost all the works are produced by artists utilizing the latest technologies and dealing with the issues of the self and its presentation, with an eye always on the future.
Much has been made of the thick white curtains covering the windows and walls and the newly laid carpet and whether such adornments could be said to fit into the Berlin art scene that the Julia Stoschek Collection is now a part—either way it certainly manages to soften the hard industrial edges of the former Czech Cultural Center. One of the truly outstanding features of Julia Stoschek’s pop-up opening is how it allows some of the larger work to spread out over enormous rooms and even be seen through windows of adjacent rooms.
Melanie Gilligan’s outstanding The Common Sense, 2014-15 is one such work. Sprawling between rooms the monitors playing her science-fiction mini-series are well worth viewing. Made in 15 parts it tells the story of a future technology known as “The Patch”, which makes it possible to share experiences and feelings with other people. However, rather than leading to greater understanding between people the technology merely “promoted capitalist strategies of optimization.” The remaining 10 parts can be viewed online here.
The Julia Stoschek Collection can be seen from the 2nd of June through to the 16th of September 2016.