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After more than 15 exhibitions and eight international collaborative projects attracting over 100,000 visitors, JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION is now celebrating its 10th anniversary in June 2017. The anniversary exhibition titled GENERATION LOSS is being conceived in collaboration with British artist Ed Atkins. As a singularly holistic technology, video has maintained its status as the most popular medium. In the last decade the distribution of video has become simpler in terms of access, and more complex as regards the mode of distribution itself.The technological advances that account for these changes pervade artistic practice particularly, pragmatically as well as conceptually: Not only new reflexively approached formats abound, but new modes of behavior, communication and forms of representation, forms that are able to decisively alter our perception. Unique among art forms, artist moving image has always been singularly driven by the medium, as it moves within the mainstream – cleaving, albeit critically, to the technologies’ processes of fidelity and capitalistic progress. The term “Generation Loss” generally refers to the process of a qualitative loss in successively copied data. Everything that reduces the representative quality as copies of data are made, can be regarded as a form of ‘generation loss’. However, this holds true not just for data formats or material media, but also manifests itself in an ideological sense in politics, culture, nature, from one generation to the next. The basic idea of the exhibition concept is to show the ways in which generations of artists affect one another; the discourses that awkwardly straddle technology-specific periods of artists’ moving image makers; how influence may auger revolt, revision, renewed accord; how artists’ moving image is a uniquely reactive, dependent medium whose intimacy with the vicissitudes of mainstream tech confers a kind of automatic collusion with the culture at large that is pretty much unique to it – to moving image works. Formally, the exhibition will very visibly connect works, in a sort of straightforward, socially demonstrative way: projected works will be screened in choreographed sequences and in proximity to one another. This will be partially achieved using acoustic glass to divide the works and effectively block sound leaks, but allows you to see through to other spaces, works. We plan to pretty much do away with the preeminent, isolated black box of video installation. No work alone, all works in relation.