KW Production Series 2018: Jamie Crewe and Beatrice Gibson
27 September – 16 December 18
Opening: 26 September 18, 7 pm
Address: Julia Stoschek Collection Berlin, Leipziger Str. 60 (Entrance: Jerusalemer Straße), 10117 Berlin-Mitte
Opening hours: Every Sat–Sun, noon–6 pm
Extended opening hours during Berlin Art Week 18: September 26–30, daily from 12 am–8 pm
U2 Hausvogteiplatz / Bus 265, M48 Jerusalemer Straße
Admission: 5 €
Wheelchair accessible only on the groundfloor
KW Production Series is a new commissioning project, organized in collaboration with the Julia Stoschek Collection and OUTSET Germany_Switzerland. It 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, critical exchange, and thoughtful 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.
KW Production Series is produced by Mason Leaver-Yap, KW’s Associate Curator.
Double-channel HD video, 2018
Over the course of a year, Jamie Crewe (born 1987 in Manchester, GB) 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 17th- century opera composed for the male inhabitants of a Roman seminary. Eumelio’s 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).
I Hope I’m Loud When I’m Dead
16mm transferred to HD video, 2018
Exploring ideas around gender, poetry, and disobedience, Beatrice Gibson’s (born 1978 in London, GB) 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 January 2017 and blends moments of perilous public authority with more intimate scenes and tender portraits. The film uses poetry as a means to reckon with the present, and casts the figure of the poet as a guide in times of chaos.
I Hope I’m Loud When I’m Dead is a co-commission with Camden Arts Centre, London, Bergen Kunsthall (NO), and Mercer Union, Toronto (CA).
Simultaneously, the Julia Stoschek Collection Berlin presents the exhibition ARTHUR JAFA: A SERIES OF UTTERLY IMPROBABLE, YET EXTRAORDINARY RENDITIONS.