Artwork

Performance / Rolf Julius

1988
Rolf Julius, Untitled (performance), 1988
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Identifier

IWC.1988.748

Materials

performance

Description
In an intimate performance on the fifth floor at 500 Sampsonia Way, sunlight fell through the windows onto solar panels scattered on the floor that powered tape players. Moving his hands across the solar panels, Julius manipulated the recording, modulating the sounds by interrupting the power source. Speakers, sometimes covered with paper and sticks, vibrated as they played.
About the Artist
Rolf Julius was born in Germany in 1939 and studied fine art in Bremen. In the mid 1970s he began using sound alongside his visual practice. Later he moved to Berlin and became an important figure in that city’s budding sound art scene. In 1980 Julius’ pioneering work “Dike Line” was presented at the “Fϋr Augen Und Ohren” exhibition alongside work by John Cage. He has created some of the most meaningful and moving works in the grey area between music and art, between sound and silence, slowly emerging as one of the most important and influential sound artists of our time. Whether using photographs, ink drawings, audio compositions, or subtle and sometimes almost hidden outdoor installations, Rolf Julius’ works serve as catalyst, increasing our awareness of the great beauty of the world that surrounds us.
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