Jakob Schillinger


Jakob Schillinger

Modern and Contemporary


Jakob Schillinger specializes in contemporary art. He has been working as a writer and curator, previous positions including 2013 curator of MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38 in New York, dean of the School for Worldly Companions at dOCUMENTA (13), co-curator of based in Berlin (2011), and Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art (2009). In 2009 he co-founded and co-ran Exhibition, a six-month independent exhibition space in downtown New York. Jakob has edited and contributed to exhibition catalogues and art journals including Flash Art International, Mousse, and Texte zur Kunst; he is a frequent contributor to Artforum.

His current research interests include the symbolic significance of the art market, the discursive figure of criticality, and the aesthetic and epistemological implications of “digitization.”

Selected Publications

“Interiority Complex: The Art of Peter Wächtler,” Artforum International 53.03 (November 2014).

“MUD Club: Jakob Schillinger on Sam Pulitzer at Artists Space, New York,” Texte zur Kunst 95 (September 2014).

“Distanced Inhabitation:  Loretta Fahrenholz’ Stylistic Promiscuity and Mode of Production, ” in Prize of the Böttcherstraße in Bremen, ed. Eva Fischer-Hausdorf and Julia Bunnemann (Kunsthalle Bremen, 2014).

The Sixth Year, drama in five episodes; written by Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda; directed by Rick Alverson, Dustin Guy Defa, Loretta Fahrenholz, Nick Mauss, Ken Okiishi, and Alex Ross Perry. DVD with 24-page booklet by Jakob Schillinger (Sternberg Press, 2014).

“User Friendly: Jakob Schillinger on Digital Labor,” Artforum International 51.3 (November 2012).

“Between Art and Public – A Roundtable Discussion with Natasa Ilic, Maria Lind, Nicolaus Schafhausen, and Jakob Schillinger,” Texte zur Kunst 86 (Summer 2012).

“7th Berlin Biennale, Various Venues,” Artforum International 50.10 (Summer 2012).

“The Prosumer Version – Art from the Masses,” Flash Art International 128 (October/November, 2011).

“Recessional Aesthetics: An Exchange (Letter to the Editors),” October 135 (Winter 2011).

Time Out of Joint: Recall and Evocation in Recent Art, coedited with Luigi Fassi  and Lucy Gallun (Whitney Museum of American Art and Yale University Press, 2010).