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At Dawn: Utopian futures at Julia Stoschek Collection

Head to the Julia Stoschek Collection for a hyper-contemporary look into our future and its virtual worlds.

Stephanie Comilang & Simon Speiser. Piña, Why is the Sky Blue?

After the intensity of their previous show, A Fire in my Belly, the Julia Stoschek Collection’s latest offering is a more introspective but no less impactful selection of works drawn mainly from their own collection.

Exploring how artists imagine an ideal future to be, the exhibition wonders if a new dawn is approaching: a point wryly alluded to by a Wolfgang Tillmans photograph capturing that horrid moment when the club lights are turned on and it’s time to go home. The future is a far more alluring space than the past for an ambitious contemporary collection like JSC, but what this show does excellently is to mix historic positions with the hyper contemporary.

Film works by Nancy Holt and Barbara Hammer are all the more potent alongside Jacolby Satterwhite’s unnerving virtual worlds. There’s also new VR acquisition: ‘Pina. Why is the Sky Blue?’ by Stephanie Comilang & Simon Speiser.

The visuals here are astounding, transporting you into a beautifully strange exotic beachscape. Pina, their AI creation, is a conduit for ancient pre-colonial knowledge and her deadpan, confrontational presence is worth the trip on its own.

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