Esther Schipper

Berlin-based gallerist and crucial force in shaping the city’s evolving art scene

‘Maybe the human thing is over,’ posited the artist Julia Scher on restaging her 1998 installation Wonderland at Esther Schipper’s Berlin gallery in December. That work is a prescient take on the power of tech, and Schipper’s taste chimes with our increasing awareness of technological and ecological crisis. She works with Hito Steyerl (whose Serpentine Gallery show this year focused on AI), Pierre Huyghe (curator of an Okayama Art Summit that foregrounded nonhuman intelligences), Philippe Parreno (who created an ‘autopoetic automaton’ for the refurbished MoMA, New York), Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Tomás Saraceno. Those two collaborated on a show spread across the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza and TBA21 in Madrid this year that, its curator claimed, posed ‘questions surrounding technologies, artificial intelligence, the collective minds of animals, and the power and attraction of the unknown’. If the future is posthuman, then Schipper has it covered.